SDO Transit - September 2015
- Produced by:
- Genna Duberstein
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Though SDO sees dozens of Earth eclipses and several lunar transits each year, this is the first time ever that the two have coincided.
SDO’s orbit usually gives us unobstructed views of the sun, but Earth’s revolution around the sun means that SDO’s orbit passes behind Earth twice each year, for two to three weeks at a time. During these phases, Earth blocks SDO’s view of the sun for anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour once each day.
Earth’s outline looks fuzzy, while the moon’s is crystal-clear. This is because—while the planet itself completely blocks the sun's light—Earth’s atmosphere is an incomplete barrier, blocking different amounts of light at different altitudes. However, the moon has no atmosphere, so during the transit we can see the crisp edges of the moon's horizon.
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
- Sarah Frazier (SGT)
- William D. Pesnell (NASA/GSFC)
- Genna Duberstein (ADNET) [Lead]
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