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“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” – Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Solar Eclipse From The Moon

This is really cool - a video of the Earth coming between the Sun and the Moon taken by the Kaguya lunar orbiter on 10 Feb 2009.

Check out the spectacular "diamond ring" effect as the Sun is gradually uncovered (by the movement of the spacecraft?).

I struggled for a while on how to title this post correctly, since from the Earth's perspective it was a lunar eclipse, but from the spacecraft's perspective it was a solar eclipse.

Silly me, diamond ring = solar eclipse, why of course.

Pipette tip to Pink Tentacle.

Would you like to know more?
Solar Eclipse In Singapore