Curiosity Rover Sees Solar Eclipse On Mars
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September 17 '12 at 05:30 AM
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"Though solar eclipses are
on Earth (much more in the southern hemisphere), yesterday the Mars Curiosity Rover caught sight of a
partial solar eclipse
in Gale Crater on the Red planet. The martian moon
took a small bite out of the sun on the 37th day (Sol 37) of the rover's martian mission. The Curiosity Rover was able to take a picture of the rare event through a 'neutral density filter that reduced the sunlight to a thousandth of its natural intensity.' This protects the camera from the
intense light rays seen during an eclipse
or looking directly at the sun. It is possible a short movie of the event could be compiled from the data in the near future. More solar transits of Mar's moon (including the second moon Deimos) are predicted to happen in the days to come."
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