Nate Holt's Blog

July 5, 2009

Solar eclipse – but not from anywhere around here

Filed under: Musings — nateholt @ 9:57 am

(note: this originally appeared in March 2007 on the old blog)

Wow, this is pretty impressive.

eclipse_moon_sun

A solar eclipse when viewed from the earth is far different from this. Standing on earth and looking up, the apparent size of the moon and the apparent size of the Sun are almost exactly the same. But move the camera back, way back, so that the moon is five times farther way from what we’re used to seeing (i.e. a camera on a spacecraft orbiting the sun)… then this is what a solar eclipse looks like.

Short article is here.

Pretty cool.

UPDATE: and here’s another view of a solar eclipse… in 1999 looking down from the Mir space station. Again, pretty cool!

eclipse99_mir_big

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