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Have You Seen This? A look at the eclipse from space

POSTED: August 25, 2017 1:31 a.m.
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Scientists with access to one of the world's most advanced weather satellites captured an "outside" view of the eclipse, and it looks a little like a shadow demon flying across the United States.

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THE FINAL FRONTIER — Monday's total solar eclipse was an exciting, and in some cases, life-changing event for most of the country. But the best eclipse views may not have even been from Earth at all.

Based on this video with an "out-of-this-world perspective," I think one of the most interesting ways to observe the eclipse was from space.

According to the video's description, scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center used one of the world's most advanced weather satellites to observe and photograph the eclipse. The video shows the images captured by the satellite every five minutes as the eclipse passed over the United States. Once the images are stitched together, they look like a large (and slightly sinister?) shadow flying quickly over the country.

It's cool and fascinating to see this "outside" view of the eclipse and compare it to our own viewing experiences. While we were down here on Earth glancing at the sky with our protective eclipse glasses, from above it just looked like we'd been covered by some type of shadow demon.

After watching this week's eclipse from Salt Lake City at around 90 percent totality, I made it a goal to view the next nearby one from inside the path of totality. But now that I've seen this video, catch me in 2024 trying to view the eclipse from the International Space Station.
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