Solar eclipse spotted from air and space

Image: Solar eclipse
The moon’s shadow can be seen as a dark spot at upper right in this picture of Earth’s full disk, as captured Tuesday by Japan’s Himawari 8 satellite. (Credit: NICT)

A total solar eclipse is a rare and thrilling sight, but seeing it from a height makes it even more exotic.

Check out the view from Japan’s Himawari 8 weather satellite, stationed more than 22,000 miles above the Pacific Ocean in geostationary orbit. The satellite was perfectly placed to track the moon’s shadow as it sped from west of Indonesia to east of Hawaii on March 8. (Or was that March 9?)

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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