Learn About Solar Eclipses

black disk passing over fiery orange disk

The Moon passed between SDO and the Sun from 1331-1556 UTC (8:31-1056 am ET). At 2.5 hours in length, it was the longest lunar transit so far in the SDO mission.http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/main/item/487

Remember, during Solar Week you can ask the scientists a question and they will answer on the bulletin board. Click on "Ask a Question" in the left-hand menu.

There was at the same time something in its singular and wonderful
appearance that was appalling: and I can readily imagine that uncivilized
nations may occasionally have become alarmed and
terrified at such an object.

- Francis Baily (1842)

Some people see a partial eclipse and wonder why others talk so much
about a total eclipse. Seeing a partial eclipse and saying that you
have seen an eclipse is like standing outside an opera house and saying
that you have seen the opera; in both cases, you have missed the main event.

- Jay Pasachoff (1983)

On occasion the Moon will pass briefly in front of the Sun and cast its shadow on the Earth. Through a great cosmic coincidence, the size of the Moon as seen from the Earth appears to be just about the same size as the Sun; the Moon just blocks the light from the Sun's surface but leaves the light from the Sun's outer atmosphere visible thus creating a beautiful total solar eclipse.

To continue, please use the links :

Eclipse Information Page, The Solar Corona, Eclipses in History .


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