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8 images of solar eclipses

By: Katherine Butler on May 8, 2012, 7:04 p.m.
Total solar eclipse from space

Photo: NASA

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Total solar eclipse from space

Pictured here is another view of the March 29, 2006, solar eclipse. NASA describes the image this way: “The shadow of the moon falls on Earth as seen from the International Space Station, 230 miles above the planet, during a total solar eclipse at about 4:50 a.m. CST Wednesday, March 29.” The Mediterranean Sea can be viewed just outside the shadow. The image was taken by Expedition 12 crew, including Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev. From Earth, this solar eclipse was visible along a narrow section from eastern Brazil through Africa to Southwest Asia.