2017 Total Solar Eclipse from Moon’s Orbit

2017 Total Solar Eclipse from Moon's Orbit

During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, captured an image of the Moon’s shadow over a large region of the United States, centered just north of Nashville, Tennessee.

As LRO crossed the lunar south pole heading north at 3,579 mph (5760 km/h or 1,600 meters per second), the shadow of the Moon was racing across the United States at 1,500 mph (2414 km/h or 670 meters per second).

A few minutes later, LRO began a slow 180-degree turn to look back at Earth, capturing an image of the eclipse very near the location where totality lasted the longest. The spacecraft’s Narrow Angle Camera began scanning Earth at 2:25:30 p.m. EDT (18:25:30 UTC) and completed the image 18 seconds later. Image: NASA

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