Observers in Australia and the South Pacific were treated to a total solar eclipse on November 13, 2012. The orbit of Hinode resulted in two eclipses this time, each with a somewhat different perspective. The first eclipse was total. During the second, the moon skimmed the left limb of the sun for a partial eclipse.
Hinode is a joint JAXA/NASA mission to study the connections of the Sun's surface magnetism, primarily in and around sunspots. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, USA manages Hinode science operation and oversaw development of the scientific instruments provided for the mission by NASA, and industry. The Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, is the lead U.S. investigator for the X-ray Telescope.
The next apparent meeting of the moon and sun will occur on May 10, 2013 and will again be visible from Australia and islands throughout the Pacific.
The second of two solar eclipses witnessed on November 13, 2012 by Hinode, in which the moon skims the left limb of the sun for a partial eclipse. Credit: JAXA/NASA/SAO
Source: Goddard Space Flight Centre