Satellite Imagery: GOES West captures a Total Solar Eclipse and a Hurricane in one shot



  • Wow, that's something you don't see every day, a hurricane and a total solar eclipse in one picture!

    photo: GOES West;desc: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) & NASA;

    The spectacular shot that shows the moon's shadow barreling across the Pacific Ocean, just south of Hurricane Barbara was captured by GOES-West, a weather satellite that's a joint project of NOAA and NASA.

    The shadow reached the Chilean coast around 4:40 p.m. EDT (2040 GMT) on July 2 and kept heading east across South America's narrow southern wedge toward the Atlantic.

    Few more interesting facts

    • Hurricane Barbara is the second named storm of the 2019 Pacific Hurricane season
    • Barbara peaked as near Cat 5 hurricane and while still active is now weakening
    • The solar eclipse is the first total solar eclipse since the August 2017 "Great American Solar Eclipse," and US won't see another one until April 2024
    • Southern South America will experience total solar eclipse in December 2020


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