How A Solar Eclipse Looks From Space

Partial Eclipse

During a partial solar eclipse, the Moon partially covers the Sun's disk, casting a shadow on Earth. From space, this appears as a dark shadow gradually moving across the Earth's surface, obscuring a portion of the Sun.

Total Eclipse

In a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely covers the Sun, plunging a narrow path on Earth into darkness. From space, this is visible as a small, dark circle surrounded by the Sun's corona, the outer atmosphere that becomes visible during totality.


One of the most stunning aspects of a total solar eclipse seen from space is the corona, which appears as a faint, pearly white halo around the dark silhouette of the Moon. The corona extends millions of kilometers into space and is normally not visible due to the Sun's bright glare.

Shadow on Earth

From space, the shadow cast by the Moon during a total solar eclipse can be seen moving across the Earth's surface, creating a striking visual effect as it travels from west to east.

Spacecraft Observations

Satellites and spacecraft in orbit around Earth may capture images and videos of solar eclipses, providing scientists with valuable data for studying the Sun's corona and its dynamic behavior during these celestial events.