File:Partial Solar Eclipse of 2011 11 25 -Hinode XRT-.webm

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Unless you're a penguin, you probably didn't see the solar eclipse that occurred last week over Antarctica, Tasmania, southern South Africa, and most of New Zealand. Fortunately, XRT was on the job to capture this spectacular footage of the event. And as a bonus resulting from Hinode's orbital mechanics, three eclipses are observed for every one seen from the ground! This was the last solar eclipse of 2011; the next one won't occur for another six months on May 20th, 2012.

Visit us at and view the original video at

For more info on this particular event, visit: and for eclipses in general:

And for Phil Plait's excellent explanation of the "triple eclipse" effect and the arc of the moon, visit:

Questions and comments welcome at xrtpow "at" gmail "dot" com

Hinode is a Japanese mission developed and launched by ISAS/JAXA, with NAOJ as domestic partner and NASA and STFC (UK) as international partners. It is operated by these agencies in co-operation with ESA and the NSC (Norway).



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