Curiosity Rover Captured Two Solar Eclipses on Mars

This series of images shows the Martian moon Phobos as it crossed in front of the Sun, as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (Sol 2359)Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The Curiosity Mars Rover has sent back imagery of two solar eclipses on Mars.

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover was fitted with eclipse glasses when it landed on Mars in 2012. The solar filters on the Mast Camera (Mastcam) allow the rover to stare at the Sun directly. According to NASA, Curiosity has sent back great imagery of two solar eclipses caused by Phobos and Deimos, two moons of Mars.

Phobos was imaged on March 26, 2019 and Deimos was imaged on March 17, 2019. Phobos does not cover the Sun, so it is considered to be an annular eclipse. Deimos is so small compared to the Sun that it is said to be “transiting” the Sun.

Solar eclipses help researchers further understand each moon’s orbit around Mars.

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