The video captures the Moon photobombing the Sun
The moon pulled off the ultimate photobomb this week when it moved in front of the sun and blocked out the blazing surface with a dark silhouette seen by a satellite.
The sun-observing GOES satellite and its SUVI (Solar Ultraviolet Imager) instrument captured the cosmic spectacle as they observed the sun’s hot outer atmosphere, or corona.
The photobomb was a solar eclipse that was visible only from space and lasted for several hours.
The satellite detects solar emissions that act as warning signs of solar flares, which can cause blackouts on Earth, and caught a filament erupting on the northwest arm near the pole after the moon disappeared.
‘However, we could see isolated periods of geomagnetic storm at the G1 (minor) level due to the influence of the high-velocity solar wind from the coronal hole,’ EarthSky reports.
The moon moved in front of the sun, blocking the glowing surface with a dark silhouette during an eclipse visible only in space
The moon shed its silhouette between 10:30 and 12:00 UTC on November 23.
An image of the moon blocking part of the sun was shared on Twitter, with one user saying: ‘the moon looks like it’s biting the sun.’
Observations of solar emissions help in the early detection of solar flares, coronal mass ejections (CMEs), and other phenomena that affect the geospace environment.
The early warning given when SUVI observes a solar flare comes at least 15 hours before the associated CME reaches Earth.
The GOES sun-observing satellite and its SUVI (Solar Ultraviolet Imager) instrument for observing the sun’s hot outer atmosphere, or corona.
The moon seemed to come out of nowhere. An image of the moon blocking part of the sun was shared on Twitter, with one user saying: ‘the moon looks like it’s biting the sun’
CMEs are large ejections of plasma and magnetic fields from the solar corona.
They can eject billions of tons of coronal material and carry an embedded magnetic field (frozen in flux) stronger than the strength of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) of the background solar wind.
Although this eclipse was not seen on Earth, those in the United States witnessed a stunning cosmic display of a reddish-colored moon hanging in the dark sky on November 8.
Known as a blood moon, it occurs when the Earth’s shadow covers the Moon and blocks the reflection of all direct sunlight – this causes the moon’s color to darken to a coppery red.
Peak totality—the phase of the eclipse in which the moon is completely in Earth’s shadow—occurred around 5:00 a.m. ET.
The large, red moon was seen over New York, Washington, Virginia and other parts of the US until it returned to its silver color about two hours later.
The satellite observes solar emissions that act as warning signs of solar flares, which can cause blackouts on Earth, but the solar activity recorded during the photobombardment is considered low.
Although this eclipse was not seen on Earth, those in the US witnessed a stunning cosmic display of a reddish moon hanging in the dark sky on November 8
Tuesday’s event marks the second blood moon this year, following one in mid-May, with the next one not expected until March 14, 2025.
The eclipse was also visible across East Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and all of North America.
Sky watchers in Asia and Australia saw it with their evening moonrise.
At the same time, the spectacle played out for observers in other parts of North America in the early morning hours before the moon set.
And it was visible to the naked eye wherever the sky was clear in those parts.
The total eclipse took place over nearly six hours as the moon gradually entered Earth’s paler outer shadow, its ‘penumbra’, then entered Earth’s darker inner shadow, or ‘umbra’, before reaching totality and finally coming out the other side .
NASA said the moon was 242,740 miles from Earth during this lunar event, which lasted about 90 minutes.
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