|Solar Eclipse from ISS (Image Credit: ESA/NASA)|
What is an eclipse?
A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks (or "occults") the Sun. It only happens at new moon and when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth ( an alignment called a "syzygy"). The difference between a partial or anulal eclpise has only part of the Sun is obscured, but a total eclipse happens when the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon.
Last week, on Friday, March 20, 2015, there was a total eclipse. Because of it's position, it was only visible on remote Arctic islands and clouds made it only partly visible in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Thankfully, there was one place that had a perfect view: The International Space Station. Samantha Cristoforetti took a series of photographs of the solar eclipse and they are spectacular.
The Italian European astronaut also took this amazing picture of the shadow cast by the eclipse on Earth.
The next partial solar eclipse is on September 13, 2015 and the next total solar eclipse is on March 9, 2016.
Learn more at NASA's Solar Eclipse Page and ESA's page
What do you think of the solar eclipse photos? Are you planning to watch the next one?
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