Almost forgotten today in all the excitement over the giant prominence seen by SDO, the Moon also had a small role to play over the weekend: its lunar transit of the Sun in front of SDO’s cameras! Although brief and not captured by all the AIA instruments, AIA 304 did manage to glimpse a peek at the leading edge of the Moon just before it crossed the face of the Sun. Meanwhile, the prominence/filament was winding up on the Sun’s opposite edge in preparation of its explosive snap just hours later. Thankfully SDO was there to witness all the action!
Keep up with the latest images of the Sun in hi-def on the SDO site here.
Image courtesy of SDO (NASA) and the AIA consortium.