Black and white image of Earth with swirling white clouds and a dark shadow over North America from the Moon eclipsing the Sun.This spectacular image showing the Moon’s shadow on Earth’s surface was acquired during a 20-second period starting at 2:59 p.m. EDT (18:59:19 UTC) on April 8, 2024, by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) captured the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse from hundreds of thousands of miles away. The camera suite aboard the LRO usually retrieves high resolution black and white images of the Moon’s surface; these images provide knowledge of polar illumination conditions, identify potential resources, hazards, and enable safe landing site selection. To take an image of Earth, the LRO has to rapidly rotate to build up the image.

Learn more about the LRO’s cameras and how this image was taken.

Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

Seeing the Solar Eclipse from 223,000 Miles Away