This Is What A Solar Eclipse Looks Like From An Astronaut’s Perspective [Photos]

On March 20, 2015, astronauts got quite the view: a front-row seat to a solar eclipse. Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took a break from science-ing to snap some shots of the total solar eclipse as well as the umbra, aka the moon’s shadow on the Earth’s surface.

Via Twitter, Cristoforetti said, “Took a peek out the window between experiments. Orbital sunrise and the #SolarEclipse… could it go any better? … I think this is it: the umbra. Looking aft on our flight path around maximum obscuration time. #SolarEclipse.”
Terry Virts, another astronaut on board, managed to take a photo of the eclipse as well.

Terry Virts, another astronaut on board, managed to take a photo of the eclipse as well.

“#Eclipse at ‘first light.’ You can barely see the corner of the sun that the moon is hiding … There’s definitely a piece of the sun missing!”

And here’s another picture by Cristoforetti:

Certain people around the world like citizens of Denmark’s Faroe Islands or Norway’s Scalard Islands got to see the sun vanish completely. However others only saw a partial eclipse. Some people took to the sky in special chartered flights to see the total eclipse from the sky. Check out the GIF below of the beautiful scene:

Source: Space

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