NASA shares beautiful photos of solar eclipse from space: “Incredible sight”


On Saturday, December 4th, the solar eclipse was expected to be visible from Antarctica and the southernmost point of South America along with Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Interestingly, some astronauts were able to witness the moment from space. Although their orbit does not lead them directly over Antarctica, the crew of Expedition 66 had a perfect view of the solar eclipse through a 360-degree window, the so-called dome. NASA astronaut Kayla Barron described the solar eclipse from space as “an incredible sight”. From their seat on the International Space Station, the crew watched an outstretched shadow of the moon sinking over the surface of the earth.

The official NASA astronaut grip tweeted: “Saturday morning the crew of Expedition 66 squeezed into the dome to study the total solar eclipse over Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Here the moon casts an elongated shadow on the surface of the earth. It was an incredible sight. “

While the Expedition 66 crew could see it from space, only a lucky few saw it from the ground. Others experienced it from ships or airplanes. NASA had also arranged a live stream on YouTube so that space lovers can watch the solar eclipse from the comfort of their own home. Viewers could watch the progress of the solar eclipse from the beginning to totality and then back to normal.

According to the description of the ground observation conducted during a 2017 solar eclipse in the United States, NASA stated that during a total solar eclipse, the lower parts of the solar atmosphere, or corona, can be observed in a way that human-made devices cannot fully observe be imitated. In addition, this localized blockage of solar energy is useful in assessing our understanding of the effects of the sun on our atmosphere, such as temperature.

According to Forbes, future total solar eclipses will be visible to a much larger number of people and will not be limited to Antarctica – the home of researchers. For example, in 2023 there will be an opportunity across South Asia. In the United States (and the rest of North America), the next total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024.

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