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NASA Releases Incredible Images Of The Eclipse From Space


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ISS transit during the partial solar eclipse on August 21, traveling at 5 miles per second. NASA/Bill Ingalls 

Sadly, the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, is over. The run up to it was huge and expectations were high. The first total eclipse to be seen over the contiguous US from coast to coast since 1918, it went from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Other parts of the US, Canada, and the rest of the world were treated to a partial eclipse, which is still amazing to see. 

Unfortunately cloud cover did get in the way for some people, meaning viewing wasn't optimal everywhere. Luckily, NASA can be relied on to provide the most incredible images of anything space-related, and they didn't disappoint. 


Check out these amazing images of the eclipse, with a few thrown in from space too!

The Moon transiting across the Sun, taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory in 171 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light on Aug. 21, 2017. NASA/SDO


The Moon transiting across the Sun, taken by the SDO in 304 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light on August 21, 2017. NASA/SDO


A composite image made from seven frames of the ISS transiting the Sun during the eclipse. NASA/Joel Kowsky


The Bailey's Beads effect, seen just before the total solar eclipse. NASA/Aubrey Gemignani


The main event: the total solar eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017, as seen from Madras, Oregon. NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

And if you want to know what it looked like from space, NASA Flight Engineer Randy Bresnik took still images of the eclipse as seen from their rather unique vantage point on the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA Flight Engineer Randy Bresnik watched the eclipse with the rest of his Expedition 52 crew aboard the ISS.

And while millions of people watched the eclipse from the ground, six people 250 miles above them watched the Moon cast a shadow over Earth from space.

The Moon's shadow, or umbra, as it passes over Earth, as seen from the ISS. NASA

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