The Russian Hydrometeorological Satellite No. 2 Elektro-L, launched into orbit in December 2015, recorded the shadow that was observed on the Earth’s surface on June 21 due to the annular solar eclipse. The impressive image was posted on the Twitter account of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos. The video shows how the shadow of the eclipse passes from west to east, from East Africa to Southeast Asia.
This was not the only image taken from space of this unusual meteorological phenomenon. American astronaut Christopher Cassidy also photographed this moment from the dash of the International Space Station (ISS).
Cassidy is on the ISS alongside Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, as well as American astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken.
The annular solar eclipse , better known as the ring of fire, took place on June 21 and could be observed in a total of 13 countries. From the Republic of the Congo, in Africa, through the Middle East, to southern Pakistan and northern India and China. Annular solar eclipses occur when the Sun, Moon, and Earth align. However, in this case, the moon did not completely cover the sun, thus creating the famous ring of fire.