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NASA shows moon over the Arctic during last month’s eclipse that looks like a speck

NASA shares image of the moon’s shadow over the Arctic during last month’s solar eclipse that looks like a smudge

  • NASA shared a shadow of the moon hovering over the Arctic during last month’s solar eclipse
  • The image was taken on June 10 by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera
  • This instrument is located on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite
  • This satellite orbits the L1 Lagrange point, nearly 1 million miles from Earth

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NASA has shared a remarkable image of the moon’s shadow hovering over the Arctic during last month’s solar eclipse, making the celestial satellite look like a smudge on a page.

The image, released on Wednesday, was taken on June 10 and shows an ‘epic’ image of the moon’s shadow during the solar eclipse witnessed by millions of people around the world.

NASA has shared a remarkable image of the moon's shadow hovering over the Arctic during last month's solar eclipse, making the celestial satellite look like a smudge on a page.

NASA has shared a remarkable image of the moon’s shadow hovering over the Arctic during last month’s solar eclipse, making the celestial satellite look like a smudge on a page.

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WHEN IS THE NEXT TOTAL Eclipse?

The next solar eclipse in the US will occur on April 8, 2024, from Texas to Maine.

The next total solar eclipse after that is on August 12, 2026 and will be seen from the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain and northeastern Portugal.

On September 2, 2035, China, northern Japan and Korea will witness a total solar eclipse.

Australia will experience the greatest number of total solar eclipses between 2023 and 2038.

Between April 20, 2023 and December 26, 2038, five solar eclipses will be visible from the continent.

The next total solar eclipse visible in the UK will not be until 2093.

“Taking images of the sun-lit half of the Earth from a distance four times farther than the moon’s orbit continues to yield surprises, such as occasionally the moon comes into our field of view, or the moon casts shadow. on Earth,” said Dr. Adam Szabo, DSCOVR’s NASA project scientist in a pronunciation.

This particular photo was taken by the US Space Agency’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a camera and telescope on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite (DSCOVR).

This satellite orbits the L1 Lagrange point, which NASA defines as “positions in space where objects sent there tend to stay” and are nearly 1 million miles from Earth.

The L1 Lagrange point is considered unstable on a scale of approximately 23 days, as satellites orbiting this position regularly undergo course and attitude corrections.

Nevertheless, it provides “an uninterrupted view of the sun and is currently home to the SOHO satellite of the solar and heliospheric observatory,” NASA added.

EPIC’s photos have been used to track Earth’s vegetation, cloud height and ozone layer, as well as the occasional solar eclipse.

In June, skygazers in the UK and US were treated to a stunning partial eclipse that saw the sun appear in the morning sky like a crescent moon.

During the event, about 30 percent of the sun was blocked in Scotland, 20 percent in southern England and a whopping 70 percent over the eastern states of the US.

British and Irish observers saw a crescent instead of a ring, and in the US, viewers witnessed a partial eclipse at dawn, another rare phenomenon.

Meanwhile, a rare type of solar eclipse that created a “ring of fire” cast a dramatic shadow over Russia and Canada.

A partial solar eclipse seen over the Houses of Parliament on June 10 in London

A partial solar eclipse seen over the Houses of Parliament on June 10 in London

A partial solar eclipse seen over the Houses of Parliament on June 10 in London

Pictured: The partial eclipse rises in an orange-hued sky behind the Brooklyn Bridge and East River in Manhattan, as seen from Bayonne, New Jersey on June 10, 2021

Pictured: The partial eclipse rises in an orange-hued sky behind the Brooklyn Bridge and East River in Manhattan, as seen from Bayonne, New Jersey on June 10, 2021

Pictured: The partial eclipse rises in an orange-hued sky behind the Brooklyn Bridge and East River in Manhattan, as seen from Bayonne, New Jersey on June 10, 2021

The ‘ring of fire’ eclipse occurs when the moon is furthest from Earth and therefore too far away to completely cover the sun, leaving behind a ring of light.

The ring of fire was best seen from Qaanaaq, a city in northwestern Greenland, but was also visible across much of Canada and Russia.

What is an annular eclipse and how does the stunning display happen?

Diagram of an annular eclipse

Diagram of an annular eclipse

Diagram of an annular eclipse

The spectacular solar eclipse is when a ‘burning ring’ appears in the Earth’s sky.

It happens when the Earth, Sun and Moon align while the Moon is in its orbit at the farthest point from Earth.

This means that it cannot completely eclipse the sun, causing a ‘burning ring’ to appear in the sky.

This is shown in part B of the diagram on the left.

The fascinating light display occurs approximately every six months, but has not been visible from the UK since 2003.

The next time Brits can see it is on June 10, 2021, when it will be visible across the country.

Source: NASA

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