SDO Sees Spring Eclipse

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    NASA image captured March 29, 2011

    Twice a year, SDO enters an eclipse season where the spacecraft slips behind Earth for up to 72 minutes a day. Unlike the crisp shadow one sees on the sun during a lunar eclipse, Earth's shadow has a variegated edge due to its atmosphere, which blocks the sun light to different degrees depending on its density. Also, light from brighter spots on the sun may make it through, which is why some solar features extend low into Earth's shadow.

    Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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    1. jamieball833 37 months ago | reply

      Wow, that is incredible!

    2. tigeray666 37 months ago | reply

      Absolutely amazing!!!

    3. glowingtones 37 months ago | reply

      it took me a while to figure this one out but I managed it... :)

      The Sun has truly woken up now !

      thankyou - all of your pictures are magnificent

    4. Compound Eye 37 months ago | reply

      This is truly beautiful.

    5. Mohammed Glal 37 months ago | reply

      Awesome
      سبحان الله العلى العظيم

    6. rougecarey 37 months ago | reply

      its an early APril Fools Prank, theres no way other bodies are brighter than the almighty sun

    7. Spencer P. Lane 37 months ago | reply

      Wait, the Earth is casting a shadow on the Sun? What is the light source?

    8. .Chus. 37 months ago | reply

      the camera flash of course

    9. perlwonk 37 months ago | reply

      Some people would call this a sunrise.

    10. finch2012 37 months ago | reply

      Spencer, good point. What is the light source? I don't get how the Earth casts a shadow on the Sun. Can someone explain how the Earth casts a shadow on the Sun?

    11. finch2012 37 months ago | reply

      Can someone explain what is meant by: Twice a year, SDO enters an eclipse season where the spacecraft slips behind Earth for up to 72 minutes a day? Is the "shadow" really the edge of the earth?

    12. Thewin Chanyawong 37 months ago | reply

      Hello... Photographer's friends

    13. tallawah75 33 months ago | reply

      breathtaking..

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