Flying Around The Eclipse Shadow

  • Released Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
  • Updated Friday, August 25th, 2023 at 12:08AM
  • ID: 4579

This visualization combines the views from several previous visualizations (#4390, #4321, and #4314) to create a continuous camera flight from the night side of the Earth to the day side, showing the relationship of the Earth, Moon, and Sun during the August 21, 2017 eclipse. It shows the direction of the Moon's motion and the Earth's rotation, the complete path of the umbra from the moment it touches down on the Earth until the moment it departs, and the true scale of the Earth-Moon system.

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Terra and Aqua BMNG (A.K.A. Blue Marble: Next Generation) (Collected with the MODIS sensor)

Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

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LRO DEM (A.K.A. Digital Elevation Map) (Collected with the LOLA sensor)
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LRO WAC 643nm High Sun Global Mosaic (Collected with the LROC sensor)

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