On March 9, 2016, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) captured this image of the Moon’s shadow on the Earth. The shadow was created by the only total solar eclipse of 2016. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and blocks the Sun’s light. A total solar eclipse occurs when the solar disc is completely blocked.
DSCOVR is positioned about 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Earth and maintains a constant view of our planet’s sunlit face.
Image Number: WEB15453-2016
DSCOVR EPIC Team