The Earth as seen from the Sun


These images simulate the view of the Earth as seen from the Sun. Watch how the Earth and the Moon can be in each other's way to create eclipses. Scroll down to see what it will look like during the total solar eclipse on 22 July 2009!
Earth and Moon as seen from the Sun
Earth as seen from the Sun


Special: Total Solar Eclipse 22 July 2009
The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century will take place on 22 July 2009 in Southeast Asia and over the Pacific Ocean. The views below explain how the Moon will block the Sun to create the eclipse. For more information please visit eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/.../TSE2009.html and eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/.../rp.html

Total solar eclipse on 22 July 2009: greatest eclipse duration at around 02:30 GMT
Total solar eclipse. Maximum 22 July 2009 02:30 UT
Total solar eclipse on 22 July 2009 in Shanghai at around 01:40 GMT. Duration: 5 min 56 sec
Total solar eclipse in Shanghai 22 July 2009 01:40 UT


All images link from or created using the Solar System Simulator provided by JPL/NASA.