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WATCH: NASA’s Video Reveals Spectacular View Of Total Solar Eclipse From Space

During the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, regions of North America, Mexico, and Canada experienced darkness. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured the Moon's shadow passing over Earth. NASA released continuous footage of the eclipse recorded by flight engineers Matthew Dominick and Jeanette Epps

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: Apr 10, 2024 10:51 IST
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During the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, regions of North America, Mexico, and Canada experienced a brief period of darkness. Meanwhile, astronauts aboard the International Space Station observed a unique sight: the shadow of the Moon passing over Earth during this extraordinary event.

NASA has unveiled a continuous footage of the Total Solar Eclipse from space on X. The video, recorded by NASA flight engineers “at the end of their workday,” depicts complete darkness enveloping the Earth.

The space agency noted that the windows on the “cupola,” the orbital outpost, were open, enabling flight engineers Matthew Dominick and Jeanette Epps to capture photographs and videos of the Moon’s shadow on Earth.

According to NASA’s statement, the astronauts were orbiting 260 miles above southeastern Canada as the Moon’s umbra transitioned from New York state into Newfoundland.

The remarkable view, however, was not a matter of chance. Matthew Dominick and Jeanette Epps were prepared to capture the Total Solar Eclipse from space.

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The uncommon occurrence of the Total Solar Eclipse was observed by the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-16), positioned in orbit around Earth at an altitude of approximately 36,000 km. These satellites, which are a result of cooperation between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA, provided a distinctive perspective of the Moon’s shadow as it traversed the continent from Mexico to the eastern tip of Canada.

The Total Solar Eclipse occurred when the Moon aligned itself directly between the Sun and Earth, obscuring the Sun except for its outer atmosphere, known as the corona, resulting in a remarkable ring of light. This solar eclipse made its initial landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast at 11:37 PM IST in Mazatlan. It marked North America’s first total eclipse since 2017.

The duration of totality varied depending on the observer’s location, lasting approximately four minutes in some areas. An estimated 44 million people reside within the path of totality.

The rare celestial event was observable in several US states, including Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and New York. Additionally, residents along Mexico’s Pacific coast and in Canada’s Newfoundland also had the opportunity to witness the Total Solar Eclipse.

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First published on: Apr 10, 2024 10:51 AM IST

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