On 15 February 2018 a partial solar eclipse was visible from Antarctica, plus many locations within southern South America including Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
22 October 2020
15 February 2018
By Milan Klinc (EUMETSAT)
Meteosat-8 satellite was at the right place and at the right time to observe the spectacle from space and provide some very interesting and rare image data.
The main imaging instrument SEVIRI, finished a 15-minute scan at 21:15 UTC, managing to capture a view of the Sun partially eclipsed by the Moon, just a few minutes before Meteosat-8 entered the shadow of the Earth.
The image (Figure 1) displays what Meteosat-8 transmitted via the IR8.7 channel, just moments before the Sun, the Moon and the Earth were all in alignment with the satellite.
Watch this interesting video that illustrates exactly what happened during the image scan, to give a better understanding of just how fortunate the timing of the scan was.
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