Photo of the day | Solar Eclipse “eyes” of a Martian rover





A solar eclipse is always a concern not only for the scientific goals, but for ordinary people. Despite its rarity, it is not something unique to our planet, but as the opportunity to see him in person somewhere else we do not, we have to be content with what we have.

Fortunately, within our solar system, there are several pairs of “eyes” that can monitor the phenomenon, while at the same time is not on Earth. For example, from Mars. Earlier this month, Mars rover “Kyuriositi” has become a witness of how Phobos – the largest of the two moons of Mars – was held in front of the solar disk. And after a while space agency NASA has decided to share the images that were made by a camera “Kyuriositi» Mastcam. By the way, it should be noted that this is perhaps the clearest image of solar eclipse, filmed from Mars. Even though it is possible to image and you will not impress.

In addition we say that despite the fact that the moon is at a remote distance from the Earth, it completely (in most cases) covers the solar disk at the time of the eclipse. In turn, Phobos, even when being closer to Mars, do not cover fully the Sun at the time of this cosmic event. The fact is that Phobos is a hundred times smaller than the Moon.

In addition to the solar eclipse “Kyuriositi” imprinted as Phobos passing in front of the smaller moons of Mars – Deimos.
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