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Solar Dynamics Observatory Captures Images of Lunar Transit

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:55am
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Lunar Transit -- Courtesy of NASA/SDOOn July 26, 2014, from 10:57 a.m. to 11:42 a.m. EDT, the moon crossed between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit. A lunar transit happens approximately twice a year, causing a partial solar eclipse that can only be seen from SDO's point of view. Images of the eclipse show a crisp lunar horizon, because the moon has no atmosphere that would distort light. This image shows the blended result of two SDO wavelengths — one in 304 wavelength and another in 171 wavelength.

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