Solar eclipse of November 3, 2013, observed from a geostationary orbit

by Maximilian Reuter, Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

The solar eclipse of November 3, 2013, as observed from the MSG satellite, in geostationary orbit 36000km above the equator. The eclipsed area, where the shadow of the full Moon reached the Earth's surface, moved over the Atlantic Ocean and Africa. This eclipse was classified as a hybrid eclipse because it started out as an annular eclipse and became a total eclipse over equatorial Africa. When the shadow was over land it was in the vicinity of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) – a cloudy and often rainy zone. Thus observing this eclipse from the surface was quite challenging. EUMETSAT provided the level 1.5 MSG data.