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8 images of solar eclipses

By: Katherine Butler on May 8, 2012, 7:04 p.m.
Total solar eclipse via SOHO

Photo: NASA

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Total solar eclipse via SOHO

Pictured here is a [skipwords]solar[/skipwords] eclipse as seen from space and land on March 29, 2006. A [skipwords]solar[/skipwords] eclipse offers a good opportunity to study the corona, or outer atmosphere, of the sun. NASA combines the “vantage point” of the space-based [skipwords]Solar[/skipwords] Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) with the image of the corona as recorded by the Williams College Eclipse Expedition to Kastelorizo Island, Greece. It is only during a [skipwords]solar[/skipwords] eclipse that people on Earth can see the corona of the sun, which is highlighted here. SOHO was launched in 1995 as part of an international collaboration to study the sun.