The satellite captured the moon casting a shadow on the Earth during annular solar eclipse early Thursday morning (June 10).
As the sun began to rise on Thursday morning, observers in the Northern Hemisphere saw a spectacular spectacle: an annular solar eclipse, also known as a “ring of fire” eclipse.
BUT solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow over our planet and temporarily blocking the sun from sight. However, during an annular solar eclipse, the Moon is too far from Earth to completely obscure the sun, so the sun’s bright edge remains visible.
However, while it may look like a “ring of fire” to observers on the Earth’s surface, the eclipse looked very different from space.
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NASA’s GOES-East satellite, the Earth observation meteorological probe, recorded the event from orbit. The satellite observed the shadow that the Moon cast on Earth from a vantage point between two massive bodies.
In these observations, you can see how the moon’s shadow constantly moves across the earth’s surface as it passes in front of the sun, blocking its rays.
Observers from Earth saw this shadow from the other side, and those who were lucky with good weather and a fairly clear horizon were in for a spectacular show. Even people who were able to see only a partial eclipse, like the residents of the United States, enjoyed this spectacle. To some, it seemed like a “sickle of the sun”, since the moon only partially moved in front of our nearest star.
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