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This is the Shadow of a Solar Eclipse Seen from Behind the Moon

22 Jun 2020, 18:55 UTC
This is the Shadow of a Solar Eclipse Seen from Behind the Moon
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Shadow of the Moon on Earth during a total eclipse in July 2019. Credit: MingChuan Wei (Harbin Institute of Technology, BG2BHC/BY2HIT), CAMRAS Dwingeloo Radio Telescope, Reinhard Kühn DK5LA. Image edit by Jason Major.
During a total eclipse event on July 2, 2019 the shadow of the Moon passed across the southern Pacific Ocean and parts of Chile and Argentina. For viewers on Earth the event briefly turned the daytime sky to night as the Moon completely blocked the Sun, but for one spacecraft orbiting far beyond the Moon there was this view of a distant Earth past the lunar limb, with the Moon’s shadow visible as a dark spot.The image seen here is one in a series that was captured by the student-built Inory Eye camera aboard DSLWP-B, aka Longjiang-2, a microsatellite that at the time had been orbiting the Moon for a little over a year.
The dark spot on Earth is the Moon’s shadow over the Pacific off the western coast of Chile, captured at around 19:00 UTC on July 2, 2019. This version has been re-oriented from the original so the horizon of the Moon runs along the bottom (north on Earth is aimed to the upper ...

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