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Curiosity capture a solar eclipse from Mars

Curiosity capture a solar eclipse from Mars

Among the dozens of pictures that has been sending since its arrival at on 13 September saw the most peculiar. It was a shot to the red planet, was a shot from the planet outward, to capture a partial solar eclipse that was occurring due to Phobos, one of Mars has two moons.

This image was achieved now we see through a filter used by the rover’s camera, making a picture that shows how Phobos was passing the Sun

And is that Mars is much farther from the Sun than the Earth, which is why a solar should look differently than you see here, and obviously because of the technology we have today, with a shorter range, less spectacular .

Perhaps for this reason and as Opportunity did in 2010, photography is a milestone, as it has captured the phenomenon from the red planet. What we see is a black glimmer in a white dot. Note to Phobos, one of two moons that orbit the planet closest.

And how do you get it? Curiosity covered the camera with a neutral density filter to protect the lens. The result is an image similar to what we might see from Earth photographing the phenomenon. According to NASA, the filter used with a gradient Martian sunlight of a thousandth of its normal intensity.

A spectacular photo, unlike any seen before since the arrival of Curiosity to Mars. And is that solar eclipses are more common on Mars than on Earth. Phobos is closer to its planet than us of our Moon and the Sun transits therefore more often.

Phobos is expected to create a second partial solar eclipse that can be grasped from the crater Gale at least one year. Time on Curiosity can resume shooting the phenomenon.

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