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The moon's shadow (umbra) crossed the continental United States on Aug. 21, 2017 and NASA's DSCOVR satellite's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) captured imagery.
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It is never safe to look directly at the sun's rays - even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternate indirect method. This also applies during a total eclipse up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked.
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During the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, scientists will use the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite (DSCOVR), along with measurements taken from within the moon's shadow on the ground, to test a new model of Earth's energy budget.
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On Monday, August 21, 2017, our nation will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun.