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Aug. 23, 2017
Hinode Satellite Captures Total Solar Eclipse Video Aug. 21
Video above: By assembling still images shot by the X-ray telescope aboard the Hinode solar observation satellite Aug. 21, partner scientists from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and NASA produced this video of the total solar eclipse which crossed much of the continental United States -- a path unseen in this country for nearly a century. Learn more about the Aug. 21 eclipse at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov. Video Credits: JAXA/NASA.
Image above: Hinode captures a shot of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse 2 minutes into the Moon's transit across the face of the Sun. Image Credits: JAXA/NASA.
As millions of Americans watched the total solar eclipse that crossed the continental United States Aug. 21, the international Hinode solar observation satellite captured its own images of the awe-inspiring natural phenomenon as it orbited the planet. Researchers adapted the still images into a time-lapse video presentation.
Image above: A second image from Hinode of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, taken approximately 5 minutes farther into lunar transit. Image Credits: JAXA/NASA.
Among its many solar research tasks, the satellite's observation of the eclipse was intended to add new data to ongoing scientific study of the coronal structure in the Sun's polar region and the mechanism of jets of superheated plasma frequently created there. These powerful jets can sometimes erupt 10 million to 12 million miles into space.
Image above: A third image from Hinode of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, taken 2 minutes before the end of the eclipse event. Image Credits: JAXA/NASA.
The images were taken with Hinode's X-ray telescope (XRT) as it flew above the Pacific Ocean, off the west coast of the United States, at an altitude of approximately 422 miles (680 km).
Hinode X-ray telescope (XRT). Image Credits: NASA/JAXA
Hinode is a joint endeavor by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the European Space Agency, the United Kingdom Space Agency and NASA.
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Images (mentioned), Video (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA/Lee Mohon/Marshall Space Flight Center/Molly Porter.