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Jan. 14, 2011

Stellar Views

by Flora Lichtman

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More eclipse excitement. (Past excitement here and here.) Japan’s Hinode spacecraft snapped some pictures of an annular solar eclipse. Fun fact: it’s called an annular eclipse because the moon doesn’t completely mask the sun, a ring of sunlight (hence annular) shines through. This happens because the moon is slightly farther away from Earth than it usually is, NASA explains. Easier seen than described.

Not quite as out of this world, but I liked this eclipse video too, captured from an airplane. Putting the in-flight movie to shame…

About Flora Lichtman

Flora is the multimedia editor at Science Friday.

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