NASA releases stunning image of the total solar eclipse from space

NASA offered extensive coverage of the August 21 total solar eclipse and the space agency isn’t done sharing. 

NASA shared an “Image of the Day” on Wednesday, showing the moon’s shadow, or umbra, on the face of the Earth as it blocked the sun’s rays. 

Only six people — NASA’s Randy Bresnik, Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, ESA (European Space Agency’s) Paolo Nespoli, and Roscosmos’ Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy — were afforded the spectacular view from orbit. 

Check out NASA’s photo and the other top photos from the solar eclipse:

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As millions of people across the United States experienced a total eclipse as the umbra, or moon’s shadow passed over them, only six people witnessed the umbra from space. Viewing the eclipse from orbit were NASA’s Randy Bresnik, Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, ESA (European Space Agency’s) Paolo Nespoli, and Roscosmos’ Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy. The space station crossed the path of the eclipse three times as it orbited above the continental United States at an altitude of 250 miles.

The solar eclipse creates the effect of a diamond ring at totality as seen from Clingmans Dome, which at 6,643 feet (2,025m) is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, U.S. August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 35�33’24” N, 83�29’46” W. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The Saint-They Chapel is seen in silhouette at sunset during a partial solar eclipse, as the moon passes in front of the sun, seen at the Pointe du Van, in Brittany, France, August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Enthusiasts Tanner Person (R) and Josh Blink, both from Vacaville, California, watch a total solar eclipse while standing atop Carroll Rim Trail at Painted Hills, a unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, near Mitchell, Oregon, U.S. August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image is near 44�39’117” N 120�6’042” W. REUTERS/Adrees Latif TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A combination of ten pictures shows the progression of a partial solar eclipse near as a jet plane flies by the total solar eclipse in Guernsey, Wyoming U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The Anjo Moroni statue atop the church of the Mormons is photographed while the solar eclipse is seen in Manaus, Brazil, August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

A partial eclipse of the sun, as it sets, is cast on a traffic guide post through the lens of a binoculars at the “Puerto del Viento” mountain pass in Ronda, southern Spain, August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A multiple exposure image shows the solar eclipse as it creates the effect of a diamond ring at totality as seen from Clingmans Dome, which at 6,643 feet (2,025m) is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, U.S. August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 35�33’24” N, 83�29’46” W. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – AUGUST 21: The moon begins to obscure the sun durin the4 start of the Solar Eclipse Over The United States on August 21, 2017 in Jefferson City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)

A composite image of eight pictures shows the phases of the total eclipse as the moon passes from left to right in front of the sun during a solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, near Perryville, Mo. Shot with an equivalent of an 800mm lens, the partial phases are single exposures. The center image of the total eclipse is made from multiple exposures that help show more detail of the sun’s corona around the moon. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)

The total solar eclipse Monday August 21, 2017 in Madras, Oregon.
Emotional sky-gazers stood transfixed across North America Monday as the Sun vanished behind the Moon in a rare total eclipse that swept the continent coast-to-coast for the first time in nearly a century. / AFP PHOTO / ROB KERR (Photo credit should read ROB KERR/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 21: The solar eclipse is seen behind the Statue of Liberty at Liberty Island on August 21, 2017 in New York City. While New York was not in the path of totality for the solar eclipse, around 72 percent of the sun was covered by the moon during the peak time of the partial eclipse. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

CALIFORNIA, USA – AUGUST 21: Total solar eclipse is seen in California, United States on August 21, 2017. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 21: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been converted to black and white.) A lens flare during the Solar eclipse over the United States as seen from the National Mall on August 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

2017 Solar Eclipse totality as seen by the people attending the viewing event at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, Oregon.

Employees and visitors at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory stopped to watch the 2017 solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.




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The eclipse’s path of totality spanned from Oregon to South Carolina and was viewable from all lower 48 states. 

Monday’s phenomenon, dubbed “The Great American Eclipse,” was the first total solar eclipse to pass over the United States since 1979. 

RELATED: Scenes of the total solar eclipse from around the world

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Scenes from the total solar eclipse from across the world

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An enthusiast holds his dog Prince, who sports solar glasses, as they await a total solar eclipse from atop Carroll Rim Trail at Painted Hills, a unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, near Mitchell, Oregon, U.S. August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image is near 44�39’117” N 120�6’042” W. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Without his protective glasses on, U.S. President Donald Trump looks up towards the solar eclipse while viewing with his wife Melania and son Barron at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A total solar eclipse is seen above Madras, Oregon, U.S., August 21, 2017. Courtesy Aubrey Gemignani/NASA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Guests react to the total eclipse in the football stadium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, U.S., August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 37�42’25” N 89�13’10” W. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A jet plane flies by the total solar eclipse in Guernsey, Wyoming U.S. August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

People watch the solar eclipse in downtown Hopkinsville, Kentucky, August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 38�51’56″N 87�29’19” W. REUTERS/John Sommers II

A man uses binoculars to watch a partial solar eclipse at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jane Watts from Hopkinsville, KY, watch the solar eclipse with her cat in downtown Hopkinsville, Kentucky, August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 38�51’56″N 87�29’19” W. REUTERS/John Sommers II

A man watches a partial solar eclipse at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

CARBONDALE, IL – AUGUST 21: (EDITOR’S NOTE: Image was created as an Equirectangular Panorama. Import image into a panoramic player to create an interactive 360 degree view) People watch the solar eclipse at Saluki Stadium on the campus of Southern Illinois University on August 21, 2017 in Carbondale, Illinois. Although much of it was covered by a cloud, with approximately 2 minutes 40 seconds of totality the area in Southern Illinois experienced the longest duration of totality during the eclipse. Millions of people are expected to watch as the eclipse cuts a path of totality 70 miles wide across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A woman cries during the total solar eclipse at the Symbiosis Oregon Eclipse Festival at Big Summit Prairie ranch in Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest near the city of Mitchell, August 21, 2017.
Emotional sky-gazers stood transfixed across North America Monday as the Sun vanished behind the Moon in a rare total eclipse that swept the continent coast-to-coast for the first time in nearly a century. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

JACKSON, WY – AUGUST 21: A couple woman views the solar eclipse in the first phase of a total eclipse in Grand Teton National Park on August 21, 2017 outside Jackson, Wyoming. Thousands of people have flocked to the Jackson and Teton National Park area for the 2017 solar eclipse which will be one of the areas that will experience a 100% eclipse on Monday August 21, 2017. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Misha Bowen-Kreiner of Baltimore, Maryland, checks on the position of the sun from the flight deck of the Naval museum ship U.S.S. Yorktown during the Great American Eclipse in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, U.S. August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 32�47’26” N 79�54’31” W. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Ariana Mareyev (10) of Charleston wears several pairs of solar glasses on the flight deck of the Naval museum ship U.S.S. Yorktown during the Great American Eclipse in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, U.S. August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 32�47’26” N 79�54’31” W. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Tavon Boaman, 21, of Ft. Collins, Colo., does yoga as he watches the solar eclipse at Carhenge in Alliance, Neb., U.S. August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 42�8’33″N 102�51’29″W. REUTERS/Scott Morgan

Elizabeth Yauner, 5, wears solar eclipse glasses as she looks towards the sky while gathered in Old Havana for the partial solar eclipse in Cuba August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Berta Alder is fascinated as she views the partial eclipse of the sun from the bottom deck of the Frost Museum in downtown Miami, Fla. (C.M. Guerrero/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

CHESTER, IL – AUGUST 21: An explosion is seen on the far right of the sun during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, at Mary’s River Covered Bridge, in Chester, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, USA – AUGUST 21: A man observes the total solar eclipse with solar eclipse glasses at the Times Square in New York City, United States on August 21, 2017. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, USA – AUGUST 21: A woman observes the total solar eclipse with solar eclipse glasses at the Times Square in New York City, United States on August 21, 2017. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

People view the solar eclipse at Liberty State Island as the Lower Manhattan and One World Trade center are seen in the background in New York, U.S., August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 40.4124�N, 74.237�W. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

People watch the solar eclipse from a rooftop bar in midtown Manhattan in New York City, U.S., August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 40.7484� N, 73.9857� W. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

People watch the solar eclipse from Madison Square in midtown Manhattan in New York City, U.S., August 21, 2017. Location coordinates for this image are 40.7484� N, 73.9857� W. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid




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