Lightning flashes illuminate the shadow of the moon during the transit of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Lockheed Martin More
What does an eclipse’s path look like from space? Satellite cameras captured spectacular views of the Great American Solar Eclipse’s shadow sweeping across the U.S. from coast to coast, including a sequence showing infrared images of the eclipse path punctuated by flashes of lighting from storms.
A lightning-tracking instrument called the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) — attached to a weather satellite operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — caught the lightning in action in the upper Midwest region of the U.S. while the eclipse was underway.
As the shadow of the eclipse traveled east, cloud-to-ground lighting