JAXA/NASA Capture 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse [hd video]

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The joint JAXA/NASA Hinode mission captured this video of an annular eclipse of the Sun on May 20, 2012. During an annular eclipse the moon does not block the entirety of the sun, but leaves a bright ring of light visible at the edges. For the May eclipse, the moon was at the furthest distance from Earth that it ever achieves – meaning that it blocked the smallest possible portion of the sun, and leaves the largest possible bright ring around the outside. Scientists often use an eclipse to help calibrate the instruments on the telescope by focusing in on the edge of the moon as it crosses the sun and measuring how sharp it appears in the images.

Credit: JAXA/NASA/Hinode

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  1. Jav-on 23 months ago | reply

    Why there are no changes in Sun? It seems static for 90 minutes? It really happens like that?

  2. Happy Tinfoil Cat 23 months ago | reply

    It did change. Look at the largest bright spot near the middle. It expanded downward.

    Just put a ruler to it. It expanded ~5% the distance on the 2.7 million around disc, making it approximately 30,000 MPH but it is dwarfed by the sheer size.

  3. dodagp 23 months ago | reply

    Oh Gosh !!!!
    That's totally compelling !

  4. ROSIBEL ARRIAZA 23 months ago | reply

    Que belleza. Dios eres sorprendente.

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