View space images of a moon shadow on Earth during today’s solar eclipse

NOAA’s Goes-East satellite saw the moon’s shadow sliding across South America during a total solar eclipse in December 2020.


A thin slice of South America was treated to one total solar eclipse on Monday. Most of the world could enjoy the action via live streams, but a satellite from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) got a very different view of the event.

While people looked at the sun (applying sun precautions), the Goes East satellite kept its eyes on the Earth and witnessed the moon’s shadow moving across oceans and land.

The NOAA Satellites Twitter account shared an eclipse GIF. It’s a glorious swirl of blue water, brown and green land, white clouds and the dark shadow in motion.

The satellite images show the number of clouds in the viewing area, which means that not everyone was able to view the event very clearly. “Although mainly visible from Earth in parts of South America, Goes East had a perfect view of the moon’s shadow moving across the Earth,” NOAA wrote.

You can catch past some more traditional images of the solar eclipse revisiting some terrestrial live streams starting Monday. This will have to last you. The next total solar eclipse – which will be visible in Antarctica – won’t occur until December 2021.