A rare celestial phenomenon triggered awe on Tuesday when the moon stepped in front of the sun during a total solar eclipse across the Pacific Ocean and a sliver of South America.
Only a small portion of land in Chile and Argentina lay in the path of the total eclipse, but the world was able to view of the sun’s halo-like corona.from observatories in Chile. The European Space Agency combined multiple exposures during totality (when the moon completely covers the sun) to get a
The solar eclipse wasn’t just visible from the ocean and on land. Chinese lunar orbiter DSLWP-B snapped one of the wildest views of the eclipse. The shot shows the moon with the Earth in the distance, a dark splotch marking the moon’s shadow on the planet.
Another unusual space perspective came to us from ESA’s Proba-2 satellite, which witnessed four partial eclipses from its vantage point in orbit.
The space images were spectacular, but lucky viewers in the path of totality experienced the shadow in person. Astronomer and photographer Matt Robinson traveled to Chile with his camera at the ready. “I cannot believe what I have just witnessed!” he wrote on Twitter.
Ian Griffin, director of the Otago Museum in New Zealand, ventured out on a boat to experience the eclipse from the middle of the ocean. While it was rainy and cloudy out there, he captured what it felt like to plunge into darkness in a time-lapse video he posted to Twitter.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES weather satellites got a great view of the moon’s shadow making its way across the globe. This image show both the shadow and.
NOAA tweeted a GIF of the shadow in motion.
The European Space Agency shared a view on Twitter of the “diamond-ring effect” just before totality. It gets the name from the gem-like splash of light the emanates from the side of the eclipse.
Tuesday’s total solar eclipse was the first since.
You’ll need to wait until Dec. 14, 2020, for the next time the moon completely smothers out the sunlight. That eclipse will also track across lower South America. Chile and Argentina are just lucky countries when it comes to winning the total solar eclipse lottery.
Originally published July 2.
Update July 3: Adds more eclipse images.