Black Moon solar eclipse looks otherworldly in stunning images
A rare solar eclipse Saturday (April 30) stunned viewers across Antarctica, the southern tip of South America, and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
While much of the event took place in remote areas, live cameras on Earth and satellites in space allowed people around the world to witness the moon blocking as much as 64% of the sun. The eclipse happened during a Black Moon, which is the second new moon in a single month.
Heliophysicist C. Alex Young, the associate director for science in the heliophysics science division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, broadcast several screenshots of a timeanddate.com livestream, which show a gorgeous, seemingly distorted sun with a bite taken out of it.
The eclipse was broadcast from numerous locations across the viewing area, and as Young said in one of his tweets, there are “bonus sunspots” available to look at after an explosive month from our sun. the sun generated several X-classes (very strong) flares as it slowly moves toward its peak of solar activity in 2025.
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And so it begins! #partialsolareclipse visible in parts of southern South America, Antarctica, and the Pacific and Southern Ocean. Screenshots from @timeanddate pic.twitter.com/LxLzesdRTnApril 30, 2022
Partial solar eclipse in Argentina #sunset #moonset #newmoon #blackmoon 🌞 🌑 🌎Screenshots from @timeanddate pic.twitter.com/OC3GftJafwApril 30, 2022
Partial solar eclipse in Chile #sunset #moonset #newmoon #blackmoon 🌞 🌑 🌎Screenshots from @timeanddate pic.twitter.com/eGHnPvyQUpApril 30, 2022
🌞 🌑 🌎 #partialsolareclipse visible in parts of southern South America, Antarctica, and the Pacific and the Southern Ocean. Bonus sunspots! Screenshots from @timeanddate pic.twitter.com/LLErhYvPCYApril 30, 2022
🌞 🌑 🌎 #partialsolareclipse on April 30, 2022. Eclipse at sunset in Chile, with bonus sunspots & sunset with mountains! What a show!! 😎 ☀️🌑⛰️🌅Screenshots from @timeanddate pic.twitter.com/fDfr0ixNMoApril 30, 2022
The eclipse was also visible from space via a satellite named GOES-16 (GOES-R when launched in 2016). The satellite charts lightning, severe storms and solar activity on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
While NOAA’s Twitter feed was not active over the weekend, the satellite broadcasts footage via the GOES Image Viewer website and attentive viewers caught views of the eclipse near real-time from space.
Here’s a view of the partial solar eclipse that happened today in the Southern Hemisphere via the GOES-16 satellite. pic.twitter.com/ZFSJZY9uE6May 1, 2022
#GOESEast #GOES16 #GRB #SUVI Solar Eclipse as seen from GOES-16 satellite at noon today (EDT). Fe195 wavelength. pic.twitter.com/2r7uLorNOuMay 1, 2022
NASA said at least part of the eclipse was visible “in Chile, Argentina, most of Uruguay, western Paraguay, southwestern Bolivia, southeastern Peru, and a small area of southwestern Brazil.” (That’s assuming clear skies.)
Some well-known cities or regions with views of the eclipse included Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Falkland Islands (United Kingdom), Machu Picchu Base (Peru), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Santiago (Chile), according to Unitarium.com. Also, at least one cruise was active in the eclipsing region via EclipseTours.com.
I spend the eclipse in Buenos Aires with many clouds. Some were able to see it.#astronomy #astronomia #Eclipse2022 pic.twitter.com/diZ4bnNUxvMay 1, 2022
Solar Eclipse, Santiago de Chile.#Eclipse pic.twitter.com/HcnOkFyBa3May 1, 2022
The next solar eclipse, also a partial one, will occur on Oct. 25. It will be visible from Europe, northeast Africa, the Middle East and West Asia, according to NASA. There will be no total solar eclipses this year.
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