Total Eclipse of the Sun

On March 29, 2006, a solar eclipse occurred, and was captured in this photo by the MSG (Meteosat Second Generation) satellite. The dark shadow of the moon crossing in front of the sun blacks out part of North Africa; the total eclipse was visible in a narrow swath from Brazil across North Africa to Central Asia. The MSG is a set of two satellites in geostationary orbit which record images of Earth every 15 minutes, to be used for meteorological observations.

Credit: Maximilian Reuter (distributed via