Images of Solar Eclipse as seen by Hinode Satellite

July 24, 2009

The Hinode satellite observing our sun captured images of the moon traversing the face of the sun during a solar eclipse this week.

On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, a total eclipse of the was visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow began in India and crossed through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crossed Japan's Ryukyu Islands and curved southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reached 6 minutes and 39 seconds.

A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean.

Provided by JPL/ (news : web)

Explore further: See Total Solar Eclipse Tomorrow in a Different Light

Related Stories

See Total Solar Eclipse Tomorrow in a Different Light

March 28, 2006

A major astronomical event occurs Wednesday -- a total solar eclipse in which the moon's shadow blocks Earth-bound views of the sun from Brazil to Mongolia. In Wednesday's event, a total eclipse lasting up to 4 minutes will ...

Get Ready For Total Lunar Eclipse Wednesday Night

February 19, 2008

In the late night hours of Feb. 20, 2008, a total lunar eclipse will dazzle the night sky. And this lunar eclipse may be worth staying up for, because it will be the last one until December 2010.

Recommended for you

Cassini mission provides insight into Saturn

December 1, 2015

Scientists have found the first direct evidence for explosive releases of energy in Saturn's magnetic bubble using data from the Cassini spacecraft, a joint mission between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian ...

Timing a sextuple quasar

December 1, 2015

Quasars are galaxies with massive black holes at their cores around which vast amounts of energy are being radiated. Indeed, so much light is emitted that the nucleus of a quasar is much brighter than the rest of the entire ...


Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

1 / 5 (1) Jul 24, 2009

The eclipse images show how quiet the solar surface is between solar cycles #23 and #24!

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
1 / 5 (1) Jul 26, 2009
YES BUT, #24 is about to May,... ok, in June,.... uh, for sure in July, really, in August....
1 / 5 (2) Jul 27, 2009
Yes, indeed!

God definitely has a sense sense of humor.

All is well, if we don't take ourselves too seriously
Oliver K. Manuel

not rated yet Jul 27, 2009
This eclipse was reported as being the longest lasting, the biggest and the most obscuring for hundreds of years.

I think that has been accounted for by the cycle of the moon's distance from Earth, and the fact that the moon is closer during this eclipse. Therefore, the moon appeared to obscure more of the sun, and for a longer period.

With this understanding, how can the apparent 'activity' of the surface of the sun during this eclipse be compared with that of other recent eclipses?

When the moon is further from Earth and passes in front of the sun, doesn't the sun look more active?

Relax ... we are all aware that the weather on the sun is not as predicted, but let's not use these eclipse photos as 'more evidence' when no more evidence is required, and this eclipse evidence is misleading.

Also remember, learning about the sun's weather can not be expected to take less time than learning about Earth's weather ... and we have a long way to go on that subject.

As for the links between the two ... I think less solar activity could provide a small extra window for correcting our climate maintenance policies.
not rated yet Jul 28, 2009

Did someone have a case of 'the Mondays'?? lol.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.