These satellite images from space show path of totality | Space


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A collaboration between NASA and NOAA has captured satellite images of the sky during the April 8 total solar eclipse.

The total solar eclipse swept across North America on Monday, passing over Texas. Despite visibility concerns, the weather cooperated, and the skies cleared up in many parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in time for the totality.

Review the following satellite images of the eclipse’s path of totality.

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Composite animation shows the solar eclipse’s path as it crossed North America on April 8, 2024.(NOAA/NESDIS/STAR)

The satellite view comes from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES), a collaboration between NASA and NOAA. According to product documentation, this GeoColor imagery allows for an intuitive interpretation of meteorological and surface-based features. The images use a true color technique for satellite imagery to provide a view from space as close as the human eye would see.

The eclipse path was clearly identifiable by the GOES satellite.(NOAA/NESDIS/STAR)

“True color provides a visually intuitive baseline and training aid for the interpretation of other false color enhancements, as well as an effective means to communicate satellite imagery to the public,” the algorithm’s paper reads.

Texas was on the path of totality of the solar eclipse this April 8, 2024.(NOAA/NESDIS/STAR)

This technology was used in the past to follow the path of the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, in which the path of totality crossed the U.S. coast-to-coast transversely from Oregon to South Carolina.

Texas counties on the eclipse’s path appear in darkness on this…

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