You've Never Seen An Eclipse Like This
Published: Jun 14, 2013, 6:40 AM EDT weather.com
This is probably the most unique eclipse image ever released by NASA, but it's not all it seems.
The picture is not based on images from Earth, or from a single spacecraft, but two separate NASA missions. Scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center stitched together images from the missions — the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SRO) and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbitor (LRO) — to get this breathtaking result.
The team used mission data to create a 3D model of the Moon that exactly matches SDO's perspective of a lunar transit from October 7, 2010, Universe Today reports.
"The results look pretty neat," Scott Weissinger of Goddard Space Flight Center said in an email. Weissinger worked with Ernie Wright on the project. "It's a great example of everything working: SDO image header data, which contains the spacecraft's position; our information about lunar libration, elevation maps of the lunar surface, etc. It all lines up very nicely."
Because the data from both spacecraft are at such high resolution, if you zoom in to the LRO image, features of the Moon's topography are visible, such as the mountains and craters.
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