Space Image of the Day Gallery (March 2017)

Monday, March 6, 2017: The European Space Agency’s Proba-2 satellite captured a partial solar eclipse from space on Feb. 26. Meanwhile, observers in Earth’s southern hemisphere enjoyed an annular solar eclipse , in which the moon blocked the sun and created a “ring of fire” in the sky. From Proba-2’s point of view, the moon crossed the sun off-center and appeared to take a bite out of its shining face. This image was taken by Proba-2’s SWAP imager, which observes the sun in ultraviolet light to capture its turbulent surface and its swirling corona. — Hanneke Weitering

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