PIA22259: SDO's Version of an Eclipse
 Target Name:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  SDO
 Instrument:  Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
 Product Size:  1650 x 1627 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  SDO
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA22259.tif (1.681 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA22259.jpg (136.5 kB)

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On the 8th anniversary of its launch in 2010, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured a total solar eclipse (Feb. 11, 2018) when Earth crossed in front of the sun. It lasted just 31 minutes. This cosmic event was not visible from Earth. Due to its geosynchronous orbit, there is a three-week period that occurs twice a year during which Earth briefly blocks SDO's view of the sun. The video clip, which shows the sun in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light, covers about an hour and a half near the time of the eclipse.


SDO is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Its Atmosphere Imaging Assembly was built by the Lockheed Martin Solar Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL), Palo Alto, California.

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NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory

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