During the eclipse, in addition to the majestic solar corona, he discovered a really striking moon shadow, which was sharply projected into both the sky and the cloud-covered view below the plane. Both aircraft flew in parallel (which was not originally planned, but for better coordination they eventually moved closer to each other). As a result, an unusual photograph was created - a view of the shadow of the Moon, the eclipsed Sun, the aircraft's engine and even the second aircraft. The following day, on December 5, 2021, the wide-angle shot was published as a NASA's astronomical picture of the day.
You can enjoy the total solar eclipse and the
movement of the moon's shadow over the Southern Ocean from 12.5 km above the ground
from two opposite windows of the CC-BBD B787-Dreamliner in the composite
time-lapse video below. Authors: Cătălin Beldea, Petr Horálek / Institute of
Physics in Opava, Music: Stan Dart / ESO.