NASA captures the moon’s shadow crossing the Earth during eclipse
NASA captured the complete passage of the Moon’s shadow crossing the Earth during the solar eclipse on March 8-9.
The sequence was captured by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DISCOVR) using the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), and its four megapixel CCD and Cassegrain telescope.
Speaking on the agency’s website NASA’s project scientist for DSCOVR Adam Szabo said, “What is unique for us is that being near the Sun-Earth line, we follow the complete passage of the lunar shadow from one edge of the Earth to the other.”
“A geosynchronous satellite would have to be lucky to have the middle of an eclipse at noon local time for it. I am not aware of anybody ever capturing the full eclipse in one set of images or video.”
The next solar eclipse is due on August 21, 2017 and, unlike this year’s, will be visible from Europe.