Hinode Observes 2011 Annular Solar Eclipse

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    On Sunday, May 20, 2012, the Moon will pass in front of the sun, transforming sunbeams across the Pacific side of Earth into fat crescents and thin rings of light.

    It's an annular solar eclipse, in which the Moon will cover as much as 94% of the sun. Hundreds of millions of people will be able to witness the event. The eclipse zone stretches from southeast Asia across the Pacific Ocean to western parts of North America.

    In the United States, the eclipse begins around 5:30 pm PDT. For the next two hours, a Moon-shaped portion of the sun will go into hiding. Greatest coverage occurs around 6:30 pm PDT.

    Because some of the sun is always exposed during the eclipse, ambient daylight won't seem much different than usual. Instead, the event will reveal itself in the shadows. Look on the ground beneath leafy trees for crescent-shaped sunbeams and rings of light.

    Near the center-line of the eclipse, observers will experience something special: the "ring of fire." As the Moon crosses the sun dead-center, a circular strip or annulus of sunlight will completely surround the dark lunar disk. Visually, the sun has a big black hole in the middle.

    The "path of annularity" where this occurs is only about 200 miles wide, but it stretches almost halfway around the world passing many population centers en route: Tokyo, Japan; Medford, Oregon; Chico, California; Reno, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Lubbock, Texas. In those locations the ring of fire phenomenon will be visible for as much as 4 and a half minutes.

    To read more go to: science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/15may_...

    To watch a video about the 2012 annular solar eclipse go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YX2blo1eRk

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    January 6, 2011

    To see a video of this event go to: www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/5332593243/

    On January 4, the Hinode satellite captured these breathtaking images of an annular solar eclipse. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon, slightly more distant from Earth than on average, moves directly between Earth and the sun, thus appearing slightly smaller to observers' eyes; the effect is a bright ring, or annulus of sunlight, around the silhouette of the moon. Hinode, a Japanese mission in partnership with NASA, NAOJ, STFC, ESA, and NSC, currently in Earth orbit, is studying the Sun to improve our understanding of the mechanisms that power the solar atmosphere and drive solar eruptions.

    Hinode, launched in September 2006, uses three advanced optical instruments to further our understanding of the solar atmosphere and turbulent solar eruptions that can impact hardware in orbit and life on Earth.

    Image credit: Hinode/XRT

    More from NASA: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/news20110106-ann...

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    1. 666isMONEY ☮ ♥ & ☠ 23 months ago | reply

      i'm excited and planning to take pics

    2. Initiative Stain 23 months ago | reply

      Tremendous, I am awaiting here in Western Canada to see
      if this does take place as there are a few
      cumoulous clouds.

    3. AOI-Alt (reduced) 23 months ago | reply

      2012 solar eclipse already happened here in Japan ... quite an experience!
      [https://www.flickr.com/photos/a0i/7238072154/in/photostream]

    4. i fantastici 4 23 months ago | reply

      thank you! it's wonderful!!! :)

    5. Mihai Virschi 23 months ago | reply

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    7. Randy (Winnipeg) 23 months ago | reply


      I was going to post the same thing but ya beat me to it. :)

      Awesome photo though isn't it.

    8. KFrench Photography 23 months ago | reply

      wowwee! breathtaking image indeed!!

    9. Sophie Shapiro 23 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing this with us all!!!!!

    10. [ lee ] 23 months ago | reply

      Wow, this is so beautiful. I knew you would have a great photo of it to post.

    11. JeromeG111 23 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot

    12. 湯小米 23 months ago | reply

      So beautiful !

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