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Curiosity Rover Captures Martian Eclipse

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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 06:36 PM
NASA’s Curiosity rover snapped an elegant sequence of images showing Mars’ moon, Phobos, passing in front of the sun on Sept. 13. Because the tiny moon moves so fast through the Martian sky, the alien eclipse lasted only a few seconds.

The images were taken with Curiosity’s MastCams, which were positioned to watch Phobos zoom in front of the sun.

Cool huh?!

posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 06:48 PM
reply to post by CaptainBeno


is there ever a double eclipse because of the 2 moons ?

posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 06:58 PM
reply to post by LucidDreamer85

You know, I'm not sure?

Quote from Wikki

Due to the small size of Phobos (about 12 by 14 miles) and its rapid orbital motion, an observer on the surface of Mars would never experience a solar eclipse for longer than about thirty seconds. Phobos also takes only 7 hours 39 minutes to orbit Mars, while a Martian day is 24 hours 37 minutes long, meaning that Phobos can create two eclipses per Martian day. These are annular eclipses, because Phobos is not quite large enough or close enough to Mars to create a total eclipse.

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