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A solar eclipse viewed from the Moon



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A solar eclipse of a different kind: This photograph and film show the last rays of sunlight before the Sun disappears behind the dark disc of the Earth. Whenever we witness a lunar eclipse on Earth, a space traveller on the Moon would, at that same time, instead witness a solar eclipse. The three Apollo astronauts Conrad, Gordon and Bean experienced what that would look like during the Apollo 12 mission. They were actually able to photograph and film a solar eclipse caused by the Earth as they flew through the Earth's shadow in their space capsule on their journey back to Earth on 21 November 1969.

Credit/Video: NASA.
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