Double partial solar eclipse: On September 13 2015, the sun was eclipsed twice

No one on Earth has ever seen anything like it. On September 13 2015, the sun was eclipsed twice.

But it was only visible from Earth orbit.

The double eclipse began around 06:30 UT when Earth passed directly between the sun and SDO (first picture). The observatory watched as the body of our planet moved slowly across the face of the sun, producing a near black-out. When the Earth finally moved aside about an hour later, another eclipse was in progress. This time, the Moon was in the way (second picture).

Here a video explaining this incredible double eclipse.

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note in the above picture how the edge of the Earth looks so much fuzzier than the edge of the Moon. That’s because our planet has an atmosphere and the Moon does not.

Meanwhile on Earth, an ordinary partial solar eclipse was visible. People in South Africa and parts of Antarctica saw the Moon pass in front of the sun, off-center, producing crescent-shaped shadows and strange sunrises.

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Dark orange: Up to 90% of the sun was covered, orange: Up to 40% of the sun was covered, white: Eclipse was not visible at all

Here some pictures taken on September 13 2015 from these areas:

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Double eclipse of the sun captured by SDO AIA 171 Angstroms Photo: John henry osorio orozco on September 13, 2015 @ Medellín-Colombia
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Partial solar eclipse on 13 September 2015 as seen from Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Renier Siebrits
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Another amazing picture of the partial solar eclipse from Cape Town South Africa. Photo: Joerg Schoppmeyer
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The perfect weather conditions led to amazing photos of this partial sun eclipse in South Africa. Photo: KJ Mulder

Herea video of the September 13th 2015 partial solar eclipse as seen from the European Space Agency’s Proba-2 spacecraft:

Don’t forget that on the night of Sept. 27-28 the Harvest Moon will be totally eclipsed – a so-called Blood Moon.

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