Annular Eclipse Seen From The Moon

Animation of four LROC images of the annular eclipse (CLICK TO PLAY) NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
May 20, 2012 eclipse photographed from Texas (© Jason Major)
May 20, 2012 eclipse photographed from Texas (© Jason Major)

The May 20 annular eclipse may have been an awesome sight for skywatchers across many parts of the Earth, but it was also being viewed by a robotic explorer around the Moon!

During the event NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter turned its camera to look back home, acquiring several images of the Earth with the Moon’s fuzzy shadow cast onto different regions during the course of the eclipse. The image above is a 4-panel zoom into one particular NAC image showing the Moon’s shadow over the Aleutian Islands.

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