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

Prawn Nebula: Cosmic recycling

September 2, 2015

Dominating this image is part of the nebula Gum 56, illuminated by the hot bright young stars that were born within it. For millions of years stars have been created out of the gas in this nebula, material which is later ...

At Saturn, one of these rings is not like the others

September 2, 2015

When the sun set on Saturn's rings in August 2009, scientists on NASA's Cassini mission were watching closely. It was the equinox—one of two times in the Saturnian year when the sun illuminates the planet's enormous ring ...

5 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

omatumr
1 / 5 (1) Jul 24, 2009
THE QUIET SUN

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

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
deatopmg
1 / 5 (1) Jul 26, 2009
@OKM
YES BUT, #24 is about to start...in May,... ok, in June,.... uh, for sure in July,...no really, in August....
omatumr
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


RayCherry
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.
jus10
not rated yet Jul 28, 2009
@Ray...

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.