Check out NASA’s latest footage of a solar eclipse on Mars


Watching the latest footage of a solar eclipse on Mars gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “out of this world.”

Earlier this month, NASA’s Perseverance rover spotted one of Mars’ moons, Phobos, passing across the Sun. The 40-second eclipse was captured by the rover’s Mastcam-Z camera system. It is a partial solar eclipse because of the moon’s size. While Phobos is the larger of Mars’ two moons, it is still extremely small, measuring 17 x 14 x 11 miles in diameter. Its small size means that there can never be a total eclipse on Mars. No matter what, parts of the sun will always peek out from behind the shadows of Mars’ moons.

This is not the first solar eclipse spotted from Mars. Other rovers have captured eclipses from the planet’s…

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Author: Mary Beth Griggs