In March 2016, a total solar eclipse passed over Indonesia and through the Pacific Ocean. A Japanese weather satellite known as Himawari-8 captured it all. This time lapse, produced by NASA from the footage, is what a total solar eclipse looks like from space.
The satellite, which remains stationary over a single spot 22,000 miles above the Earth, captured the light of a full day. In the video, you can see the sun rising on the right and setting on the left, like a hand moving across a face. The sun gets chased by sunglint. This ghostlike aura is the spot where the sun reflects off the water at the same angle the satellite is facing.
The dark spot you see darting across the planet from left to right is the moon’s shadow. If you were to watch the so-called Great American Eclipse from a satellite in a stationary orbit, like this one over the Pacific, this is pretty much what you’d see as the eclipse traces its path across the United States.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.