By TIME Staff
Updated: March 6, 2018 3:11 PM ET

Officials on Tuesday released some of the first pictures of last month’s partial solar eclipse, as seen from Antarctica.

The partial solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon only blocks a portion of the sun, graced the skies in Antarctica and parts of South America — including Uruguay, Argentina, southern Chile, far western Paraguay and far southern Brazil — for a short period of time on Feb. 15.

But the celestial event was hard to notice, experts said, even for those directly in its path. There was no change in the light on Earth during the partial solar eclipse and the moon only covered a sliver of the sun in South America, making the effects even less visible.

The partial solar eclipse on Feb. 15, 2018, photographed through welding glass from the U.S. Antarctic Program's Palmer Station in Antarctica.
Marissa Goerke, National Science Foundation
The partial solar eclipse on Feb. 15, 2018, as seen from the U.S. Antarctic Program's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica.
Robert Schwarz, National Science Foundation

For those wondering what the event looked like, the U.S. Antarctic Program has shared two still images of the eclipse with TIME. One image was captured from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and the other from the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Palmer Station, which is located on Anvers Island near the Antarctic Peninsula, according to the agency’s website.

Both photos show the sun shaped like a “very fat crescent,” which Ernie Wright, a programmer in the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, had previously predicted.

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