A spacecraft that was designed to look at solar activity captured the moon passing in front of the Sun in crazy detail. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the strange solar eclipse on June 29, 2022. It was captured from a unique spot in space, which also was the only spot this eclipse was visible.
Since we were unaware of a major celestial event transpiring in outer space, NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) did its job and captured the phenomenon in a stunning visual. According to SpaceWeather.com, at the eclipse’s peak, the moon covered around 67 percent of the sun, and the lunar mountains were backlit by solar flares.
The imagery also revealed the Lunar mountains to be backdropped by the Sun during this solar eclipse. The observatory is known to observe the sun as the source of space weather, radiation in space, and its impacts on our planet. It looks at aspects such as the sun’s magnetic field, sunspots, and other kinds of activity during the 11-year-long solar cycle.
According to NASA, it is capable of measuring the Sun’s interior temperature, atmosphere, magnetic field as well as energy output, which allows researchers to better understand the star of their solar system.
It was launched in 2010 and is a part of a network of solar spacecraft from NASA as well as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These spacecraft are useful now more than ever, especially with the solar activity’s peak coming around 2025.
Showcasing this imagery, SpaceWeather said in a statement, “High-resolution images like these can help the SDO science team better understand the telescope. They reveal how light diffracts around SDO’s optics and filter support grids.“