This NASA photo made me realize I’d never considered what an eclipse looks like from space. Here is a beautiful photo of Mother Earth’s experience of the eclipse. It might be hard to notice at first, but look for the shadow over the Libya-Chad area of the top part of Africa, west of the Nile River.
The image above shows the total solar eclipse of March 29, 2006 as observed from the MSG satellite, in geostationary orbit 22,369 mi (36,000 km) above the equator.
Note that the eclipsed area, where the shadow of the full Moon reached the Earth’s surface, lies over the cloudless, east central Sahara Desert.
The region that experienced a total solar eclipse at the time this image was acquired (10:00 UTC) is located at the center of the deeply shadowed region (umbra). This region has a diameter of about 112 mi (180 km). The dark region (penumbra) just outside the deepest shadow experienced a partial solar eclipse.
Image provided by: Maximilian Reuter; Maximilian’s website
Summary Author: Maximilian Reuter; Susanne Pfeifer; Jim Foster
Previous Header Images – Summer 2012
A photo taken of the San Francisco bay area from the International Space Station, April 21, 2002. Courtesy of NASA, #ISS004-E-10288
Fresh water pours out of the golden gate from spring rain and meets the salt water of the Pacific Ocean. Sunglint makes the water appear white.
The Header Image is a photo I took at the neolithic site of Avebury, England (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avebury) in April 2005 while I was on my way back to Schumacher College in Devon. My human hand touches rock made by Earth fashioned and placed and maintained by human imagination (a subset of Earth’s imagination). I like that my hand is slightly out of focus, drawing your attention away from the human toward the bigger scene. As it should be.
Is this a photo of something Ecozoic?
Here is the full image, below.
The Header Image this season is in honor of the communities of small creatures of Earth. This is an aerial photo of healthy salt ponds of the lower (southern-most) portion of the San Francisco bay, California, taken from a landing plane sometime before 2007. The red is created by healthy halobacteria (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halobacteria) in the water. The white is salt crystals. The green, marsh. I like seeing the meander of the natural system, and then there’s the straight-line road of the humans!