Sun turns black! Fear not, it’s only SDO eclipse season

Sun turns black! Fear not, it’s only SDO eclipse season

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has moved into its second eclipse season of 2012. September 6, 2012, marks the first day of the SDO Fall Eclipse Season. Today’s eclipse lasted 8 minutes and 15 seconds only.  Earth blocks SDO’s view of the sun for a period

Annular solar eclipse today

Annular solar eclipse today

An annular solar eclipse will be visible from a 240 to 300 kilometre-wide track that traverses eastern Asia, the northern Pacific Ocean and the western United States. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbral shadow, that includes

Partial solar eclipse seen from space

Partial solar eclipse seen from space

The new Moon passed briefly in front of the sun, positioning itself between SDO spacecraft and Sun, producing a partial solar eclipse on February 21 at 14:11 UTC (about 9:11 a.m. EST). No ground observers could spot it, it was visible only from space.  It was a fairly