Solar Eclipse from Space

“It is amazing to see an eclipse from orbit,” NASA Astronaut Don Pettit said. “The shadow on Earth looks just like what you see in the physics books and the astronomy book where those folks figured all that out without ever having seen what that shadow looks like.”

› Watch video of the solar eclipse

› Listen to the conversation from the space station about the eclipse

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16 thoughts on “Solar Eclipse from Space”

  1. Thank you for your pic’s of the eclipse ! Keep up the good work ! My spirit is flying with you in your ship ! Ponte vedra Bch, FL

  2. chupacabras is a signal only to us because they suck some the sun and other planets as food energy it’s a bad simulation on Earth

    we are poor in energy cause we have not much planets in our galaxy

    Energy = planets = Life

    Extraterrestrial beings ufos must be around but a lot of stars around them

  3. Don, hello! Do you believe in UFOs? Did you notice anything unusual in orbit? Novosibirsk, Russia.

  4. Thanks for sharing this. This is amazing. I am wondering if this would have been as visible if there was no cloud cover? We had some cloud cover here in Boulder, CO but was able to see a good part of the second half before it set over the mountains.

    Keep up the great work!

  5. I love this website because,when I grow up I want to work in nasa. the only thing i would like nasa to do is to start sending more rockets to space and put a man on mars because soon usa might close down nasa.i know that money is not rolling in like crazey but some thing needs to happen.CAN YOU PUT THIS ON NASA TV I WOULD REALLY LIKE the way i recently took your servay and it is interesting. shout out to mike fossumall up in the iss thanks i am a big fan of iss. who is the man that did the angry birds thing on the iss shout out to the way how did you put a angry bird in space? thanks.

  6. Wow! What am amazing shot. Guess it had never occurred to me what an eclipse would look like from “above.” Somehow I thought the shadow would have been darker though.

    The folks from the astronomy books are amazing minds. They must use differentials from the class after the last one I took 🙂

  7. 24 hours before the eclipse in Redding Calif there were rainbow between cloud on a rainless day. Some cloud had rainbow colored edges, and some looked more like cotton than clouds. I am David E J Malley
    in facebook I tried my best in 24 hours before the eclipse and during the eclipse in capture events.

  8. Greetings,
    I hope all is well!
    What is the shadows area of coverage on the surface?
    Best Regards,

  9. Beautiful work Don we are watching you. Our network coverage and connection not good.THANKS FOR KEEPING US IN TOUCH.

  10. I think astronaut’s should broadcast all their life experiences with, how they spend there life in space and work, because of that people of the world and students also know here is also good carrier option for them …….!

    Plz take note

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