Saturday, May 27, 2017
RESEARCHERS SAW A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE IN SPACE WHEN IT CAUGHT THE MOON PASSING IN FRONT OF THE SUN. THE LUNAR TRANSIT LASTED ALMOST AN HOUR, BETWEEN 2:24 AND 3:17 P.M. EDT, WITH THE MOON COVERING ABOUT 89 PERCENT OF THE SUN AT THE PEAK OF ITS JOURNEY ACROSS THE SUN’S FACE.
It's ok to look. Yesterday @NASASunScience witnessed something peculiar happening around the sun.
Researchers saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun. The lunar transit lasted almost an hour, between 2:24 and 3:17 p.m. EDT, with the moon covering about 89 percent of the sun at the peak of its journey across the sun’s face. The moon’s crisp horizon can be seen from this view because the moon has no atmosphere to distort the sunlight.
While the moon’s edge appears smooth in these images, it’s actually quite uneven. The surface of the moon is rugged, sprinkled with craters, valleys and mountains. Peer closely at the image, and you may notice the subtle, bumpy outline of these topographical features.