It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Is it the shadow of the moon on Earth?
NASA this week released a new photo of the moon casting a shadow over Earth during a solar eclipse on June 10.
The photo shows a dark brown fuzzy spot over the Arctic during last month’s eclipse, NASA confirmed in a press release on Wednesday.
“No, it’s not a smudge on your screen, nor a photographer’s finicky thumb,” NASA noted in the statement.
A solar eclipse “occurs when the Moon is positioned between the Sun and the Earth, leading to the projection of the Moon’s shadow onto the Earth’s surface,” NASA said in Wednesday’s statement.
And during last month’s eclipse, viewers in parts of Canada, Greenland, Russia and elsewhere saw the sun “appear like a ring of fire surrounding the dark disc of the moon.”
The image released Wednesday was captured by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, a camera and telescope aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite. The satellite is located nearly a million kilometers from Earth.
“Taking images of the sunny half of the Earth at a distance four times farther away than the orbit of the Moon keeps creating surprises, like sometimes the Moon entering our field of vision, or the Moon casting a shadow on Earth, “Adam Szabo, NASA Scientist for the DSCOVR project, said Wednesday.
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The new moon shadow photo isn’t the only incredible image NASA released recently.
NASA also this month shared images of a pair of colliding galaxies and a galaxy with unusual outstretched arms. The images were captured from the Hubble Space Telescope, after the telescope returned to operational state after a problem of nearly a month.