Solar Eclipse Reveals its Hidden Side

Solar Eclipse Reveals its Hidden Side

It would be common to see the moon's face as a black sphere in pictures of solar eclipse. Also, the sun, which is on the opposite side of the moon, appears in the shadows, like a black hole. But, an image captured on October 7, 2010, has shown a completely different phase of the solar eclipse.

NASA's visualization specialists decided to fill the space in. They, therefore, analyzed the image, matching the lunar landscape's imagery onto the spot where it would appear in the presence of light. The specialists were accurate as they used animation software to obtain features, angles and distances, into proper places surrounding the sphere.

Ernie Wright and Scott Wiessinger put the images together, with exact overlay. It is being said that the valleys and mountains on the LRO picture's (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) horizon fit correct into shadows observed by Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

The report found that the resulting image was not real enough. Yes! The same is not observed during an eclipse.

"It's a great example of everything working: SDO image header data, which contains the spacecraft's position; our information about lunar libration, elevation maps of the lunar surface, etc.", Wiessinger was quoted as saying.


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