A solar eclipse looks absolutely wild from space

Wow.

The looming shadow

Today's stunning total solar eclipse has drawn millions of people out to gaze at the skies and witness a truly extraordinary and extremely rare event.

While the views from the ground are expected to be breathtaking, the eclipse looks even more stunning from space.

Video footage Shared by NASA As the moon's shadow creeps across the continent, it shows a huge, dark cloud engulfing large swaths of the United States.

As crew members get, it's a good time to be an astronaut orbiting Earth Two Exceptional views. Not only do they see the Moon pass in front of the Sun, but they also see the Moon's shadow as it moves across the continent.

The sun is blocked

Today's eclipse was extremely rare because its path of totality spanned the homes of hundreds of millions of people.

Videos shared on social media include cities Dallas, Indianapolis, ClevelandAnd Niagara Falls Although it was midday, darkness fell.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station already had an exceptional view during the August 2017 solar eclipse, which appeared as an ominous dark cloud on the horizon.

It's only a quick encounter as the space station orbits Earth every 90 minutes, meaning its location must line up with the full orbit to get a good view.

Meanwhile, NASA took to social media to poke fun at the event.

“Oops I did it again,” the official NASA Lunar Science and Exploration account Tweeted“Sun and Space” mock-up screenshot of the account is blocked on the platform.

More about the eclipse: NASA launches three rockets directly into the eclipse

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