NASA’s Best Photos of the Great American Eclipse

Countless photographers tried their hands at capturing the Great American Eclipse yesterday, but leave it to NASA to nail some truly incredible shots. The agency has begun sharing some of its best work, giving us a different perspective of the awe-inspiring phenomenon.

The photos above and below show the moments of totality as seen from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Madras, Oregon, respectively.

Photo by NASA/Aubrey Gemignani.

One amazing sight NASA photographers were able to capture was the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun as the eclipse was underway.

Photo by NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo by NASA/Joel Kowsky

7 photos of the ISS transit were combined to create this beautiful composite image:

Photo by NASA/Joel Kowsky

Kowsky also shot the transit at 1,500 frames per second using a high-speed camera. Here’s the slow-motion video:

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

While photographers on Earth had their cameras pointed at the ISS, NASA was also shooting photos of the moon’s shadow covering the United States from the perspective of the space station:

NASA’s DSCOVR satellite captured this same shadow passing over Earth from 1 million miles away:

This 11-photo composite shows the progression of the eclipse as observed from Madras, Oregon:

Wide-angle composites were also used to beautifully capture this same progression across the sky:

Photo by NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo by NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
This photo shows the last glimmers of sunlight as the moon heads toward totality. Photo by NASA/Aubrey Gemignani.

Finally, here’s what the total solar eclipse looked like from a jet flying at 25,000 feet above Oregon:

Photo by NASA/Carla Thomas

Image credits: Header photo by NASA/David Cantillo