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Annular Eclipse as Seen by Hinode

January 8, 2011

This timelapse shows an annular eclipse as seen by JAXA’s Hinode satellite on Jan. 4, 2011. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon, slightly more distant from Earth than on average, moves directly between Earth and the sun, thus appearing slightly smaller to observers’ eyes; the effect is a bright ring, or annulus of sunlight, around the silhouette of the moon. credit: NASA