SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Space Eye, Jupiter Blast, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Space Eye, Jupiter Blast, More
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July 22, 2009--Seen from space by the international Hinode satellite, the raging sun doesn't appear to be going gently into the brief night brought on by Earth's intervening moon during last Wednesday's solar eclipse.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between Earth and the sun. Although the sun is about 400 times bigger than the moon, it's also about 400 times more distant. So from Earth the moon appears to be just a little bigger than the sun when an eclipse occurs.
— Image courtesy NASA/JAXA
 
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