The world witnessed the first eclipse of the year on April 30, when the Sun, Moon, and Earth aligned together, though not perfectly in a straight line. The partial solar eclipse was seen in several parts of the world, which appeared as if someone had taken a bite out of the Sun.
An eclipse is a phenomenon when an object comes in between two big objects casting its shadow. In terms of the solar eclipse, this celestial event happens when the moon passes between Earth and the sun.
The April 30 event saw the Moon blocking the sunlight coming towards Earth, creating a giant shadow in the process. The celestial event, while visible in the skies over Chile, Argentina, most of Uruguay, western Paraguay, southwestern Bolivia, southeastern Peru, and a small area of southwestern Brazil, was not seen in India.
People can now see a glimpse of the event as captured by the Solar Ultraviolet Imager onboard the NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite, which caught a glimpse of the Moon’s disk as it passed in front of the Sun. “This partial solar #eclipse was only visible across the Southern Hemisphere,” the agency said in a tweet.
The Solar Ultraviolet Imager was not alone in capturing the momentary event as the National Solar Observatory, which observes the Sun also imaged the event. The observatory witnessed the eclipse from the Cerro Tololo site in Chile.