NASA’s SDO Witnesses Partial Solar Eclipse as Moon Crosses Sun

NASA’s SDO Witnesses Partial Solar Eclipse as Moon Crosses Sun

Solar Eclipse

On May 25, NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) witnessed a partial solar eclipse that lasted about an hour starting at 2:24 p.m. and ending at 3:13 p.m. The moon covered 89% of the Sun at its peak in the latest solar eclipse.

NASA’s SDO captured several high-resolution image and videos as the moon passed before the sun. Since the moon does not have the atmosphere to distort sunlight, its edge can be seen in these images, allowing scientist to collect more information about this event. While the moon’s horizon appeared smooth in these pictures, it is actually uneven, rugged, and filled with valleys, mountains, and craters, reports the leading space agency.

Another Solar Eclipse Round the Corner

According to NASA, the SDO is anticipated to experience another such event on Aug 21, 2017. At that time, although the moon will transit across the sun, it will only cover a small portion. In the U.S., people from Oregon to South Carolina will be able to experience the entire phenomenon. In the rest of the country and in several parts of South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, people will witness a partial eclipse. To conduct an investigation, the space agency will be launching a spacecraft into the atmosphere of the sun, NASA recently announced.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) of NASA is a research spacecraft specially designed to measure space weather in a bit to predict conditions that could disturb human space operations.