View from space: partial solar eclipse

View from space: partial solar eclipse

The Universe decreed that the Moon periodically passes between us and the Sun in order to block the stars and create an amazing eclipse phenomenon.

On August 21, we expect a remarkable event of a total solar eclipse, which will cover America with a shadow line 115 km wide. The maximum eclipse time is 2 minutes 40 seconds.

Unfortunately, the total eclipse is not available for Europe, but some will be able to observe partial. The team from ESA is hoping for a clear sky to catch the light beads shining in the form of a diamond ring. They will also track the expanded solar atmosphere - the crown. And it can be observed with the naked eye. In the picture you see a partial eclipse taken by a Proba-2 satellite in early 2017. Visible are the turbulent solar disk and the twisting crown. The satellite makes 14.5 revolutions around our planet during the day, so it will be able to capture the eclipse event.

Astronauts on the ISS will join the observation, and they will remove the moon shadow that has fallen on the planet.

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