Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Video: Tue. Solar Eclipse Seen by Satellite

Satellite Sees Solar Eclipse from Space in Video

Date: 14 November 2012 Time: 12:46 PM ET
Proba-2 Sees Partial Solar Eclipse
ESA's Proba-2 satellite experienced 3 partial solar eclipses during the total solar eclipse of Nov. 13, 2012 (EST). This image is taken from a video made by the spacecraft.

An European satellite has captured video of the moon blocking the sun, as seen from space, during a total solar eclipse that wowed huge crowds of spectators who watched the event from Australia yesterday.

The solar eclipse video from space was recorded by the European Space Agency's Proba-2 satellite. While the spacecraft did not record the totality of the solar eclipse, it did see partial views of the eclipse three separate times, ESA officials said.

The total solar eclipse of 2012 Tuesday (Nov. 13) attracted nearly 50,000 spectators to northern Australia to witness the moon pass exactly between the Earth and the sun. Because of time zone differences, the dazzling celestial sight occurred around dawn Wednesday local time in Cairns, the focal point for many observers.

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