The total solar eclipse began to be visible on the west coast of the USA around 17:30.
The astronauts orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station have been able to watch the solar eclipse, which occurred this past Monday, three times.
It was through a NASA Facebook session that astronaut Randy Bresnik explained how the International Space Station goes around planet Earth and every 90 minutes they were able to watch the event in triplicate.
“The first time [the eclipse]will be far from the west coast. In fact, we will cross the path of the sun and we will have a partial eclipse right in front of the space station”, said Bresnik during this session on Facebook of the NASA space agency.
The first partial eclipse could be seen starting at 5:33 pm (Lisbon time). The second opportunity was when the space station was north of Lake Huron, Canada, at 7:23 p.m., and the last one occurred at 9:17 pm, when the space lab was “off the east coast”, Bresnik explained.
NASA previously stated that members of the International Space Station would not have a full solar eclipse, but rather a partial view. “It is difficult to observe a total solar eclipse of a manned spacecraft, though not impossible”, NASA said.
During that session, before the sighting of the solar eclipse in triplicate by the crew of the International Space Station, Bresnik also underlined that the Space Station has “specially equipped cameras that will have solar filters that will allow to take photographs of the sun”.
“It will be very beautiful”, he added.
And so, the eclipse, although partially, was seen 3 times by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
This was one of the most awaited events by NASA and, therefore, the Space Agency transmitted the phenomenon live. The eclipse that crossed 14 American states.