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Comparative Look at Solar Eclipse

23.6N 120.9E

July 24th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Shadow cast by eclipse over Southeast Asia - July 22nd, 2009 (source: TERRA/MODIS)

Shadow cast by eclipse over Southeast Asia - July 22nd, 2009

Same area under normal sunlight conditions - July 6th, 2009 (source: TERRA/MODIS)

Same area under normal sunlight conditions - July 6th, 2009

On July 22nd, 2009, a long solar eclipse occurred over southeast Asia, lasting a maximum of 6 minutes and 39 seconds.

The first visible colour image shows the total eclipse in the lower right corner, the other image shows the exact same area 2 weeks earlier, taken at the same time of day, to show the difference in brightness.

In both image thumbnails, Taiwan and part of the coast of China are visible at the lower left. In the image taken under normal sunlight conditions, South Korea and the southern main islands of Japan are also visible; however, in the image taken during the eclipse, they are hidden beneath the shadows.

Upon opening the full main image, an area of blue/green color noise can be noted in the area of total eclipse due to the extreme low count-rates.

EOSnap would like to thank Dr. Matthijs Krijger of the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research for sending these images and the information in this article.

Both images are from TERRA/MODIS; data available on Nasa LAADS Web.

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