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  • Writer's pictureStephen Strum

Solar Eclipse from Space

Updated: Jan 31, 2021

GOES 16 Satellite imagery of the shadow of the moon passing across South America during the December 14, 2020, total solar eclipse.

A total solar eclipse occurred on December 14, 2020, with the path of totality passing across Chile and Argentina. A partial solar eclipse was seen as far north as central Brazil and almost to the border of Colombia. The map below shows the path of the eclipse with the parallel dark blue lines showing the band in which a total eclipse was seen. The light blue lines show where 80%, 60%, 40%, 20%, and 0% of the sun was eclipsed by the moon.

The GOES 16 satellite, a geostationary satellite centered over the region, was able to obtain a good view of the moon's shadow racing across the eastern Pacific, South America, and then out into the Atlantic. You can watch a video fo the eclipse, as seen from the satellite, below.

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