EPIC Films Total Solar Eclipse Shadow

Posted: Mar 11 2016, 7:58am CST | by , Updated: Mar 11 2016, 8:00am CST, in News | Latest Science News

EPIC Films Total Solar Eclipse Shadow
  • DSCOVR records Total Eclipse of the Sun
  • EPIC Films Total Solar Eclipse Shadow Over Earth

DSCOVR recorded the total eclipse of the sun yesterday. It caught the darkening of the pacific from outer space.

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) provides a unique angle on our planet earth. Yesterday, it added a series of pics that would bedazzle many.

At the time the denizens of the Pacific Region were looking up at the sky for confirmation of the solar eclipse, the space observatory took several snapshots of the scene.

It was a mesmerizing series of photographs. The shadow of the moon was seen in action as it cast a dark patch across the entire Pacific Region for a time span of four minutes.

Over a dozen images were collated to present an animation of the solar eclipse. NASA’s EPIC (Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera ) camera did the job.

NASA's EPIC camera, a four-megapixel charge-coupled device (CCD) and Cassegrain telescope on the DSCOVR satellite took 13 images on March 9, 2016.

“What is unique for us is that being near the Sun-Earth line, we follow the complete passage of the lunar shadow from one edge of the Earth to the other,” said Adam Szabo, NASA’s project scientist for DSCOVR.

“A geosynchronous satellite would have to be lucky to have the middle of an eclipse at noon local time for it. I am not aware of anybody ever capturing the full eclipse in one set of images or video.”

Being close to the sun-earth divide, the images were caught with high fidelity. The lunar umbra was seen in all its glory. This is the first time in history that such an act was accomplished with ease.

Never before has a satellite been able to catch a series of images of a solar eclipse with such genuine focus. It will be the only solar eclipse for the year 2016. DSCOVR is 1.6 million km above the earth’s surface.

Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite also captured a series of images showing the procession of the shadow during this eclipse, which you can view in above Photo Gallery.

DSCOVR also had on board an instrument that measures the amount of solar energy that is being radiated back into space from the earth.

In the days ahead, scientists will be looking at this instrument’s readings in order to determine the rate of solar reflection off the earth’s surface after the eclipse. DSCOVR was a collaboration of NASA, NOAA and the US Air Force.

An EPIC Eclipse The Deep Space Climate Observatory (#DSCOVR) was built to provide a distinct perspective on our planet. Yesterday, it added another first to its collection of unique snapshots. While residents of islands and nations in the Western Pacific looked up in the early morning hours to observe a total eclipse of the Sun, DSCOVR looked down from space and captured the shadow of the Moon marching across Earth’s sunlit face. The animation above was assembled from 13 images acquired on March 9, 2016, by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (#EPIC), a four-megapixel CCD camera and Cassegrain telescope on the DSCOVR satellite. In this, the only total solar eclipse of 2016, the shadow of the new Moon starts over the Indian Ocean and marches past Indonesia and Australia into the open waters and islands of Oceania (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia). Note how the shadow moves in the same direction as Earth rotates. The bright spot in the center of each disk is sunglint—the reflection of sunlight directly back at the EPIC camera. From its position about 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Earth toward the Sun, DSCOVR maintains a constant view of the sunlit face of the planet as it rotates. EPIC takes images using different spectral filters—from ultraviolet to near infrared—to produce a variety of science products. Natural-color images are generated by combining three separate monochrome exposures (red, green, and blue channels) taken by the camera in quick succession. Situated at a stable orbit between the Sun and Earth, DSCOVR’s primary mission is to monitor the solar wind for space weather forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Its secondary mission is to provide daily color views of our planet as it rotates through the day. The satellite was built and launched through a partnership between NASA, NOAA, and the U.S. Air Force. http://go.nasa.gov/1U58tzm @nasa #earthnow #nasaearth #solareclipse #solareclipse2016 #eclipse #eclipse2016

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NASA also released a video that shows the solar eclipse as seen from a satellite that shows the eclipse similar to how it looks from earth.

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