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Vantage Point: Viewing the Solar Eclipse from Space

As millions across the United States had a truly awe-inspiring experience viewing the totality of the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, only a handful of astronauts on the International Space Station had front row seats to watch the phenomenon from beyond Earth.

Not once, not twice, but three times the International Space Station crossed paths with the eclipse as it continued to orbit the earth, providing astronauts and NASA with unique images of the umbra, or moon’s shadow, as it darkened its path across North America.

Images of the umbra and many other images from before, during and after the eclipse were captured from the ISS, at least three NASA aircraft, along with 11 other space craft and 50 high-altitude balloons. Browse through some in NASA’s Eclipse photo gallery and on NASA’s Tumblr account.

Image credit: NASA