Total solar eclipse 2020: a view from above • Earth.com

Last update: January 18th, 2021 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the shadow of the Moon crossing the face of Earth during the total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020.

According to NASA, the Moon completely blocked the disk of the Sun for about two minutes, and the much dimmer solar corona and its streamers became visible to the naked eye.

The “path of totality” was approximately 60 miles  wide and passed across South America through Chile and Argentina. However, thick cloud cover from an atmospheric river event made it difficult for many people to view the eclipse.

The image was captured by the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 16 (GOES-16).

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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