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Images from space capture rare hybrid solar eclipse as Moon’s shadow passes over Earth

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A new video has shown the moon’s shadow creeping across Earth during a unique solar eclipse on Wednesday, April 19th.

Japan’s Himawari satellite observed a rare hybrid solar eclipse from geostationary orbit at an altitude of about 36,000 km, about 10 times higher than the International Space Station.

Climate scientist Simon Proud of the British National Earth Observatory processed the data and shared it on Twitter: “You can see the moon’s shadow converging from left to right,” he wrote.

A little bit longer view of today’s eclipse.

Complete quality version here (150Mb):

— Simon Proud (@simon_sat) April 20, 2023

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon obscures part of the Sun’s disk from Earth’s perspective.

A hybrid solar eclipse includes a combination of all three types of eclipses along the way: partial, total and annular eclipses, known as a “ring of fire”. However, observers from Earth can only see one type of eclipse.

The solar eclipse that took place on Wednesday and Thursday was visible in a narrow band in the southern hemisphere, mostly in remote places on the sea.

The total solar eclipse was observed from the Exmouth Peninsula in Western Australia, Timor-Leste and West Papua.

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