A Close-up View of the Solar Eclipse


The annular eclipse that was enjoyed across southeast Asia and the western United States on May 20 was captured in close-up by the JAXA-led Hinode spacecraft. Hinode follows a sun-synchronous low Earth orbit, allowing for continuous monitoring of the sun. Hinode’s three instruments are geared toward understanding the Sun’s magnetic field and prediction of coronal mass ejections.

Watch the eclipse as seen from Hinode:


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