Moon’s Shadow on Earth from ‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse Seen from Space

The dramatic eclipse, which occurred Sunday (Feb. 26), reduced the sun to a blazing ring of light over southern Chile and Argentina, a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean and parts of Africa. But Earth-observing satellites witnessed something much different — the moon’s dark, ragged shadow sweeping across the planet’s face.

You can check out this bird’s-eye view in a dazzling new solar eclipse video, which combines imagery from four different satellites: NASA’s Terra and Aqua spacecraft; the NASA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) DSCOVR satellite; and Suomi NPP, which is operated by NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Department of Defense.

DSCOVR (whose name is short for Deep Space Climate Observatory) takes its measurements from the sun-Earth Lagrange Point 1, a gravitationally stable spot 930,000 miles (1.5 million kilometers) from our planet.

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