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NASA has shared a baffling new animation showing ‘a twist’ in the typical lunar transit.
Thanks to the movement of its Solar Dynamics Observatory combined with that of the moon in orbit, the lunar shadow appears to reverse its direction as the moon travels in front of the sun.
Phenomenon - Observations - SDO - March
The incredible phenomenon popped up in observations captured by SDO on March 6.
The sun is currently experiencing a period of unusual quiet as it approaches solar minimum; according to NASA, there were no visible sunspots in February at all.
Effect - Viewers - Heads
It’s a bizarre effect that might leave many viewers scratching their heads.
But according to NASA, the phenomenon is simply the result of SDO’s changing perspective.
Moon - Reversal - SDO - Moon - Orbit
‘The moon’s apparent reversal is caused by SDO first overtaking the moon in its orbit, then the moon catching up as SDO swings around Earth’s dusk side,’ NASA explains.
NASA’s SDO has been monitoring activity on the sun for nearly a decade.
Sun - Months - Phase - Cycle - Minimum
The sun has been relatively quiet over the last few months as it approaches a phase in its cycle known as solar minimum.
According to NASA, there were no sunspots at all in the month of February – a phenomenon that hasn’t been observed since...
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