NASA shows a striking look at the solar eclipse from the Hinode satellite

The last solar eclipse in 2022 occurred on October 25. The astronomical event was witnessed by residents of Europe, the Middle East and some parts of Africa and Asia. Eyewitnesses of these regions of the planet could see how the Moon covers the Sun from 15% to 85%, which led to eerie landscapes of an eclipse in the sky before Halloween.

But the best angle for observing the event is available to astronauts in orbit or satellites. The Hinode Observatory, which is jointly managed by the space agencies of the United States, Japan, Great Britain and Europe, recorded a video of the solar eclipse from space in the maximum approximation. NASA posted a video of how this eclipse took place in 30 seconds.

Hinode recorded three different types of eclipse within three hours. Through an X-ray telescope, the satellite sees the Moon completely black, and the Sun is burning scarlet in the background.

Unlike the view from Earth, the Hinode orbital viewpoint allowed us to see not only a partial eclipse, but also a total annular eclipse, during which the Earth’s moon covers the center of the Sun, allowing only a thin ring of fire to peek out at the edges of the Moon.

The solar eclipse of October 25, 2022, as seen by the Hinode satellite from Earth orbit

Those who wish to witness the next ring-shaped blackout from Earth need to wait another year. This chance will appear on October 13, 2023, for observers in the western part of the United States, as well as in parts of Central America, Colombia and Brazil.

The Hinode satellite was launched from Japan in September 2006. Its main mission is to study the Sun’s magnetic field to understand the mechanisms that cause solar flares and coronal mass ejections.

Earlier we reported how Solar Orbiter revealed unprecedented details of the solar corona.

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