Professional observatories in Earth and space caught a spectacular eclipse of the sun in between their usual duties checking out solar weather.
The partial solar eclipse of April 30 was visible in a narrow band across parts of Antarctica, the southern tip of South America and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and apparently, also in space.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shared views on Twitter from two GOES series satellites that saw the moon passing in front of the face of the sun, from Earth’s perspective.
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“The Solar Ultraviolet Imager (#SUVI) on #GOES16 caught a glimpse of the moon’s disk as it passed in front of the Sun during the first #solareclipse of 2022,” NOAA tweeted, along with a picture of the GOES-16 footage.
GOES-East also caught a quick view of the moon’s shadow moving towards Chile, before it got lost in the sunset, per a second NOAA tweet.
#SATELLITE SPOTLIGHT: On April 30, the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (#SUVI) on @NOAA’s #GOES16🛰️caught a glimpse of the Moon’s disk as it passed in front of the Sun during the first #SolarEclipse of 2022. This partial solar #eclipse was only visible across the Southern Hemisphere. pic.twitter.com/o1D5YGvQ7YMay 3, 2022
Despite the fact that this was a partial eclipse, the #GOESEast satellite caught a brief glimpse of the moon’s shadow approaching Chile from the west before it merged with the sunset. Can you see it? https://t.co/SzgykpThNI pic.twitter.com/rb2x5BCfJnMay 3, 2022
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From Chile, a National Science Foundation telescope at Cerro Tololo that’s part of the Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG) project also captured part of the partial solar eclipse, which was the first of 2022.
If you missed this eclipse, the next eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse that begins on May 15; the next solar eclipse will occur on Oct. 25.
Don’t blink, or you might miss it! The @NSF GONG telescope at @NOIRLabAstroES Cerro Tololo site (Chile) captured a glimpse of a partial #solareclipse over the weekend, visible in the Southern Hemisphere. This marks the first solar eclipse of 2022! #NSFfunded @cerrotololo pic.twitter.com/XSMkukxQljMay 2, 2022
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