NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 29 April 2023: Stunningly rare Solar Eclipse snapped at sea

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day for 29th April shows a stunning view of Solar Eclipse from a ship.

| Updated on: Apr 29 2023, 13:03 IST
Best NASA Astronomy Pictures of the Week: Geomagnetic storms, Tarantula Nebula and more
Medulla Nebula Supernova Remnant
1/5 The Medulla Nebula Supernova Remnant (April 24) - It is CTB-1, also known as the Medulla Nebula Supernova Remnant. It is a rare cosmic bubble and the remnant of an ancient supernova explosion that occurred about 10000 years ago, according to NASA. The Medulla Nebula Supernova Remnant is given the name because of its brain-like shape and is located towards the constellation of Cassiopeia. (NASA/Kimberly Sibbald)
2/5 Geomagnetic Storm sparks Auroras (April 25) - Stunning auroras sparked by the G4-class geomagnetic storm were captured from Caceres, Spain. But it wasn’t just Spain where the auroras were visible. According to a report by, the stunning streaks of light were seen lighting up the sky in Europe, in several parts of the U.S., New Zealand and as far as south of France.  (NASA/Landon Moeller)
Full Moon
3/5 Full Moon shot through Arc de Triomphe (April 26) - This captured image is a fascinating snapshot of the full Moon through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. The amount of Moon we see changes over the month, which is known as the lunar phases, and there are 8 in total - New Moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full Moon, waning gibbous, third quarter and waning crescent Moon. (Stefano Zanarello/NASA)
Tarantula Nebula
4/5 The fascinating Tarantula Nebula (April 27) - is the 30 Doradus, also known as the Tarantula Nebula, located about 160,000 light-years away towards the constellation of Dorado. The 30 Doradus is also called the Tarantula Nebula because of its glowing filaments which resemble spider legs, according to NASA. The Nebula is special as it can be seen in the Southern sky with the naked eye. It resembles a large milky patch of stars when viewed from Earth. (NASA/SuperBIT)
runaway star Alpha Camelopardalis
5/5 Runaway star Alpha Camelopardalis (April 28) - It is a snapshot of Alpha Camelopardalis, a runaway star located about 4,000 light-years away in the long-necked constellation Camelopardalis. According to NASA, this star is moving through space at a rapid speed of about 60 kilometers per second. In fact, this star is about 25-30 times the size of our Sun and over 500,000 times brighter! NASA has also revealed that Alpha Camelopardalis is 5 times hotter than our Sun, with a temperature of about 30,000 Kelvin. (NASA/Andre Vilhena)
Solar eclipse
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NASA shares a photo of a solar eclipse taken from far out at sea. Read here. (NASA / Fred Espenak)

When the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth at a precise moment, a solar eclipse occurs. Depending on the position of the Moon, it may only partially block the Sun's light, resulting in a partial solar eclipse, or completely block it, causing a total solar eclipse. During a solar eclipse, the Moon's shadow is cast onto a portion of the Earth. A few days back, a rare solar eclipse occurred. During this time, several astrophotographers captured breathtaking images.

One of these stunning images has been shared by NASA today. This image taken from a ship depicts the solar corona, the stunning outer atmosphere of the active Sun, as it streams out into space during the eclipse. "Along a narrow path that mostly avoided landfall, the shadow of the New Moon raced across planet Earth's southern hemisphere on April 20 to create a rare annular-total or hybrid solar eclipse," NASA explained while sharing the photo.

NASA's explanation of Solar Eclipse image

Anchored near the centerline of the total eclipse track in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia, eclipse enthusiasts on a ship experienced 62 seconds of totality. To capture a broader range of brightness and follow the details of the corona, a composite of 11 exposures ranging from 1/2000 to 1/2 second was taken, revealing features that are not easily discernible during the total eclipse phase.

Lunar Eclipse SOON!

NASA has also informed that on May 5, 'the next Full Moon will just miss the dark inner part of Earth's shadow in a penumbral lunar eclipse.' NASA explained that in a lunar eclipse, the Earth obstructs the Sun's light from reaching the Moon. As a result, a full moon may appear to fade away during the night as the shadow of the Earth covers it up. To differentiate between solar and lunar eclipses, this should be known that the Sun gets darker during a solar eclipse, while in a lunar eclipse, the Moon gets darker.

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First Published Date: 29 Apr, 13:02 IST