Good Day Sun, Hello Moon

By Tom Yulsman | August 6, 2013 3:47 pm

The moon passing in front of the sun today as imaged by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. (Image: NASA)

|See updates below| The moon passed between the Sun and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, which snapped this picture of the event today.

NASA posted it to its Facebook page devoted to the SDO mission. But the agency hasn’t released any information about the event yet. Suffice it to say, these spectacular “lunar transits” aren’t all that unusual. They happen two or three times a year, according to NASA. But they sure are spectacular.

As soon as the agency posts some information about this one, I’ll jump in with an update. And possibly a video of the transit as well. So stay tuned.

| Update 4:30 p.m., 8/6/13: The first video of the lunar transit is up on NASA’s SDO site. Here it is:

Did you catch it? The moon positively flies by toward the end! (For more data go to

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ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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