See How Solar Eclipse Looked Like From Space!

24 Jun, 2020 08:14 IST|Sakshi Post

The skywatchers across the parts of Africa, Asia, and other countries have witnessed 'Ring of Fire' on Sunday (June 21st). During this annular solar eclipse, the moon covered sun but not completely and the pictures of the solar eclipse showing a ring of fire went viral on social media. The eclipse looked wonderful from the Earth but any guesses about how it would have looked like from space. No worries, we have some of the real pictures and videos showing how the solar eclipse looked like from space.

Chris Cassidy, a NASA astronaut living and working in space took to his micro-blogging site and tweeted as, "Super cool view of the Annular Solar Eclipse which passed by our starboard side as we flew over China this morning. A pretty neat way to wake up on Father's Day morning!" Here is the tweet.

NOAA Satellites which provides secure and timely access to global environmental data to promote and protect the Nation's security, environment, economy, and quality of life posted a GIF on its Twitter handle. In the GIF, one could see moon passing in front of the sun, but doesn't completely cover it.

NOAA Satellites - Public Affairs shared another GIF on its Twitter. Here is the tweet.

Here is one more video shared by Russia's Elektro-L No.2 weather satellite.

When the moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun then a total solar eclipse takes place. If the moon doesn't completely block out the sun during the annular solar eclipse then it leads to the formation of a ring of fire or ring of light. According to NASA, an annular eclipse can take place only under certain conditions. The moon will be in its first lunar phase and also be in its elliptical order farther away from Earth.

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