Total Solar Eclipse over Africa and the Mediterranean

Total Solar Eclipse over Africa and the Mediterranean

The Meteosat-8 geostationary satellite captured this total solar eclipse sequence on March 29, 2006. The fuzzy black spot moving from west to east (from bottom center toward upper right) across the globe is the shadow of the moon. The pitch-black central area, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) across, is the region of totality, where the Moon was completely eclipsing the Sun.

Images & Animations


File Dimensions

  • 540x395
  • JPEG
  • 640x480
  • GIF 3 MB

Note: Often times, due to the size, browsers have a difficult time opening and displaying images. If you experiece an error when clicking on an image link, please try directly downloading the image (using a right click, save as method) to view it locally.


  • Data Date:

    March 29, 2006
  • Visualization Date:

    March 29, 2006
  • Sensor(s):

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration