Annular solar eclipse shadow

December 26th, 2019 |

Full Disk Himawari-8 True Color images [click to play animation | MP4]

Full Disk Himawari-8 True Color RGB images (credit: Tim Schmit, NOAA/NESDIS/CIMSS) [click to play animation | MP4]

Full Disk JMA Himawari-8 True Color Red-Green-Blue (RGB) images (above) showed the shadow of an annular solar eclipse as it moved from west to east across the Indian Ocean, Indonesia and West Pacific Ocean on 26 December 2019.

A closer view using images centered over Indonesia is shown below. The small eye of Category 1 Typhoon Phanfone could be seen in the northern portion of the satellite scene. Bright areas of sun glint (south of the eclipse shadow) highlighted regions having light winds — and therefore a relatively flat water surface which behaved like a mirror to reflect a larger amount of sunlight back toward the satellite.

Himawari-8 True Color images centered over Indonesia [click to play animation | MP4]

Himawari-8 True Color RGB images centered over Indonesia [click to play animation | MP4]

The solar eclipse shadow was also seen on Visible (0.73 µm) images from the CMA FY-2G satellite (below), which is positioned father west over the Equator at 105ºE longitude.

CMA FY-2G Visible (0.73 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

FY-2G Visible (0.73 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]