Solar Eclipse Captured from Space with Harris Advanced Baseline Imager
Harris-built Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) solar eclipse shadow moving across the U.S.
Band 2 capture of eclipse from Harris' ABI, the primary payload on NOAA's GOES-16 weather satellite
NOAA's GOES-16 satellite launched in November 2016 with the promise of revolutionizing weather forecasting. Less than a year later, the satellite is already making good on that promise, collecting weather and environmental data with unprecedented detail and speed, even before being declared operational, which is expected to happen later this year.
In fact, America's next-generation weather satellite reached orbit in time to capture the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire continental United States in 99 years. As the moon passed between the earth and sun on August 21, 2017, the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) followed the Moon's shadow as it tracked from Oregon to South Carolina. The Harris-built ABI is the primary payload on GOES-16 and the world's most advanced weather camera.
Numerous images and animations from the ABI lit up the Internet and social media as the eclipse shadow made its much-anticipated march across the country. View the videos we captured on the Harris YouTube page or check out NOAA's posted video.