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For A Little Something Different, Here’s Earth Eclipsing The Sun

23 Jan 2019, 01:04 UTC
For A Little Something Different, Here’s Earth Eclipsing The Sun
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Earth eclipses the sun on Feb. 10, 2009 as seen from lunar orbit by Japan’s Kaguya orbiter. The bright ring around the Earth is caused by sunlight refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere. A peek of sunlight shows in the final frame at right. Although we can’t see it because it’s in shadow, the Earth is rising over the moon from left to right — the reason it’s missing its bottom in the sequence. JAXA / NHP
One of our readers asked a question wondering if any photos had ever been taken of the Earth eclipsing the sun as seen from the moon. You’ll remember that when a total lunar eclipse happens here on Earth, an astronaut or camera on the moon would see the Earth pass in front of the sun. So, I dug around and sure enough found a sequence of images I’d completely forgotten about and plus a couple of even older photos.

Solar eclipse by the Earth from the moon by Kaguya
The sequence shows earthrise at the moon and was photographed by Japan’s lunar orbital mission which launched to the moon in September 2007 and studied the surface, subsurface, and many other aspects of our ...

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