2017 Solar Eclipse from a million miles away

This composite shows how the solar eclipse might look from a point 1,000,000 miles away from earth near the Lagrange 1 point.

The DSCOVR EPIC camera captured spectacular images of the moon's shadow crossing the earth during the 21-August-2017 eclipse. It also can capture the sun lit backside of the moon during transits of the earth. The EPIC camera is designed to image just the earth. It does not have the field of view needed to capture the moon during the eclipse.

By compositing parts of two EPIC images, I've imagined the view that a wide field camera could capture with the DSCOVR satellite closer to the earth, moon, and sun axis during the eclipse.

The original images are courtesy of the NASA EPIC Team. The processing and composition is mine and not endorsed by NASA.

Backside lunar transit image from 16-July-2015 Color smearing in the original NASA image removed by RGB image extraction and alignment. Resolution enhanced by LR deconvolution in Lynkeos.

The image of the moon's shadow during the eclipse is from 2017-08-21.

Content created: 2017-08-30

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