Thanks to NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Image Camera (EPIC), new images of the moon’s shadow surfaced during the solar eclipse that occurred in the Arctic region on July 10.
The phenomenon involved the moon blocking the front part of the Sun. Many people, especially those residing in Canada, Russia and Greenland, may have witnessed the unusual eclipse
What the moon’s shadow looks like in EPIC’s view
(Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
EPIC’s view of the moon’s shadow above the Earth
According to the recent Gizmodo report on Friday. On July 23, the scenario that unfolded in July was called a “total annular” eclipse, according to the international space agency.
From the planet, the position of the moon is located at a distant point. Of here, the Sun we usually see in the sky would appear larger than the moon.
From the photograph, the moon’s dark disk appears to be surrounded by the Sun. NASA noted that the Sun looks like a “ring of fire” at this position during alignment.
NASA’s explanation of the recent phenomenon
EPIC’s view of the moon’s shadow isn’t magical since science has an explanation for everything. For this part, NASA has now revealed the trick on how the shadow of the moon came with such an appearance.
From the video uploaded by the space agency, the phenomenon is simplified thanks to an explanation of the distance between the three cosmic bodies.
NASA said what we saw as the red part of the Sun during the blocking process could take three hours. According to the team, the duration of the moon to move away from the Sun will take almost three hours.
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What is the NASA EPIC instrument
NASA’s EPIC tool is not your usual camera. It is a hybrid of a telescope and a camera. Nerdist called this a “combo” instrument.
Currently, NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR is home to the equipment. Although the phenomenon seems far from achieved, EPIC has been able to spot unique images of Earth a million kilometers away.
In 2015, NASA’s EPIC released a spectacular photo of Earth called “Blue Marble”. He was captured during the Apollo 17 mission.
In the same year, the combo instrument succeeded in having a new vision of the appearance of the Earth. At that time, EPIC was able to show the stunning images of the Earth lit by the sun. The team had taken pictures of the planet every two hours.
“Taking images of the sunny half of the Earth at a distance four times farther than the orbit of the Moon keeps creating surprises, like every now and then the Moon entering our field of view, or the Moon projecting a shadow on Earth, ”NASA’s DSCOVR project scientists Dr Adam Szabo spoke during the agency’s press release.
This is not the first time that NASA has captured the features of the moon. For the past six years, the space agency had released the Earth satellite’s “photobombing” image on July 16, 2015.
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