Science and Exploration

Solar Eclipse From the International Space Station

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
March 20, 2015
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Solar Eclipse From the International Space Station
Solar Eclipse

Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti took a series of photographs of the March 20, 2015 solar eclipse from the International Space Station.
Cristoforetti wrote, “Orbital sunrise and the #SolarEclipse… could it go any better?” A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, casting a shadow over Earth. The moon’s shadow masks the solar surface and blocks sunlight from reaching Earth directly but the amount of sunlight blocked depends on location.

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