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May 18, 2022

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Sees Solar Eclipse on Mars

From Kottke:

NASA just released a video shot by the Mars Perseverance rover of a solar eclipse caused by the moon Phobos.

The video description calls it "the most zoomed-in, highest frame-rate observation of a Phobos solar eclipse ever taken from the Martian surface."

According to this article from JPL, the video of the eclipse is played in realtime; it only lasted about 40 seconds.

Captured with Perseverance's next-generation Mastcam-Z camera on April 2, the 397th Martian day, or sol, of the mission, the eclipse lasted a little over 40 seconds — much shorter than a typical solar eclipse involving Earth's Moon. (Phobos is about 157 times smaller than Earth's Moon. Mars' other moon, Deimos, is even smaller.)

May 18, 2022 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


Comments

Hmmm.... kind of a lumpy moon, eh?

Posted by: Ms. Radoo | May 19, 2022 9:06:08 AM

Wicked!

Posted by: James DiGriz | May 18, 2022 6:21:14 PM

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