During the total eclipse of the Sun on 21 June Meteosat-6 observed the shadow of the Moon using a special scanning mode.
21 October 2020
21 June 2001
Instead of covering the full Earth disk in half-hourly intervals, a large part of the southern hemisphere was scanned in 10-minute intervals. This allowed for a more rapid observation sequence of the movement of the Moon's shadow along the Earth's surface.
In the figure below the path of the shadow across Europe is indicated.
Path of the shadow across Europe is indicated on 21 June 2001 (Courtesy of NASA)
EUMETSAT's activities during the solar eclipse
- Meteosat images were made available to observe the shadow of the Moon during the solar eclipse of 21 June 2001.
- The in-orbit stand-by spacecraft, Meteosat-6, positioned at around 9°W, was used to provide the limited scans of the Eclipse region.
- Meteosat-7 (providing the operational service) performed its usual 30-minute scanning schedule to provide normal operational data from its orbital position at 0° longitude.
- Meteosat-6 performed three scans per half-hour slot (i.e. one scan every 10 minutes).
- All images scanned were rectified to the nominal sub-satellite point of 0° longitude.
Shadow of the moon as seen by Meteosat
21 June 2001 12:00 UTC
Animation from 21 June
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