NASA shared an amazing image of the moon’s shadow hovering above the Arctic last month’s solar Eclipse. It makes the celestial satellite look almost like a page.
The Wednesday release shows an “epic” view of the moon’s shadow during a solar eclipse that was seen by millions across the globe.
WHAT IS THE NEAREST TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE?
The next US solar eclipse is scheduled for April 8, 2024. It will pass from Texas to Maine. The next total solar eclipse will occur on August 12, 2026. It can be viewed from Greenland, Iceland and Spain.
A total solar eclipse will be visible in China, Korea, and northern Japan on September 2, 2035. Australia will host the most total solar eclipses between 2023 and 2038.
Between April 20th, 2023, and December 26th 2038, there will be five solar eclipses visible on the continent.
The UK won’t see the next total solar eclipse until 2093.
‘Taking images of the sunlit half of Earth from a distance four times further than the Moon’s orbit never ceases to provide surprises, like occasionally the Moon getting in our field of view, or the Moon casting shadow on Earth,’ said Dr. Adam Szabo, the NASA Project Scientist of DSCOVR in a statement.
This photo was taken by the US space agency’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, (EPIC), which is a telescope and camera on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite.
This satellite is orbiting the L1 Lagrange point, which NASA defines as ‘positions in space where objects sent there tend to stay put’ and is nearly 1 million miles away from Earth.
The L1 Lagrange point in unstable on a scale approximately 23 days. Satellites orbiting this location will be subject to regular course and attitude corrections.
NASA stated that it still ‘affords an uninterrupted sun view and is currently home for the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory Satellite SOHO.