Solar Eclipse Caught by Satellite

This is a neat satellite image ofan eclipse.  We seem to be seeing more ofthis which suggests that folks are actually looking for photo opportunities.  It is all good and we will continue to postsome of the ones that catch our eye.

Video: Solar Eclipse Seen FromSpace

By Danielle Venton January7, 2011    
The Earth-orbiting satellite Hinode caughtthis stunning video of the annular solar eclipse Jan. 4.
An annular eclipse occurs when the moon isslightly farther from Earth than usual and appears slightly smaller. When itmoves between the Earth and sun, it covers the center of the sun, leaving abright, fiery ring, or annulus, at the edge.
Hinode, a Japanese mission, studies the sun’smagnetic fields and surface eruptions. The satellite carries threeNASA-developed telescopes that capture different types of light:
·                   Theoptical telescope sees visible light.
·                   TheX-ray telescope, which took the video above, can see deep inside the corona.
·                   Theultraviolet-light telescope reveals the deep, high-temperature processes thatheat the sun’s corona.
This will be a good year for eclipse fans.With four partial-solar and two total-lunar eclipses upcoming, watch for moresun shots.

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