What Did The Moon See When the Eclipse Happened?

NASA’s Luna Renaissance Orbiter captured the footage

The eclipse has passed over earth for another year, and we are left with a stream of extraordinary photos taken from ground level;  Earth.

Now, NASA has released footage of the eclipse as seen from the surface of the moon. You can see the moon’s shadow cross over the earth travelling at 670 meters per second.

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the footage on August 21, and in the footage below you can see the Moon’s shadow on the earth North of Nashville, Tennessee.

The orbiter, which was launched on June 18th, 2009 has been able to capture some amazing footage over the years. The camera, which is Narrow-Angle creates an image line by line, unlike traditional photos. The image below is composed of over 52,224 lines.

The moon would not have been affected by the eclipse. Dr Mark Robinson, principal investigator for the imaging system on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, explains:

For the Moon, and the LRO spacecraft observing the Moon, the real excitement is during a lunar eclipse, when the shadow of the Earth sweeps across the Moon."

“During this time the lunar surface temperatures drop rapidly and LRO’s thermal imager, the Diviner Lunar Radiometer, can learn about the material properties of the rocks and soils by studying their temperature just after the lights abruptly go out."

Because of the lack of solar energy, all other instruments on the orbiter have to be powered down. 

NASA is doing some pretty incredible things recently, keep your eyes peeled skywards (or more realistically on NASA’s webpage) as Cassini is set to crash into the surface of Saturn next week.

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