Skywatchers: Comparing solar eclipse images from Earth and from Mars


A partial solar eclipse was visible on October 25 in parts of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and throughout western Asia. The size of the sun’s shadow was dependent on where the viewer was on the Earth.

The best vantage point to see this eclipse would have been Siberia in Russia. That was where the moon obscured 85 percent of the sun.

The sky event began at 10:08 BST London time. And lasted till 11:13 BST in some areas.

No one in the U.S., Canada, or South America had a view of the phenomenon.

The eclipse resulted from a rare event. It happens when the center of the Earth’s Moon orbits almost directly between the Earth and the Sun. It creates a shadow on the sun or a sunspot. 

The moon’s orbit around the earth is a 27-day journey. And it is slightly tilted when compared with the Earth’s orbit around the sun. So, the Earth, Moon, and Sun do not line up in this juxtaposition every month.

The next time a solar eclipse will take place that can be seen from the U.S. is April 8, 2024. And the sun’s shadow will be visible from Texas to Maine.