Chandrayaan captures rare images of solar eclipse

Chandrayaan captures rare images of solar eclipse

Taken from the Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC) from a height of around 9,000 KM, the images show how the shadow moved from 7.45 am to 8.43 am from various parts of the world, blocking the sun rays that caused the total solar eclipse.

“Whenever there is an eclipse we watch the pictures, but this time we keenly took the pictures and made it public by releasing the images on our website, because this was a rare phenomenon,” said M Annadurai, the project director of Chandrayaan-I, country’s first lunar mission.

The images, which can be seen in ISRO’s website, show shadow moving from north-eastern Chinese region to northern part of Australia between 7.45 am to 8.43 am. The images were processed and scanned at the ISRO’s space application centre in Ahmedabad and telemetry, tracking and command network in Bangalore.

The images taken by Chandrayaan-I, has also cleared all the doubts about the functioning of India’s lunar mission, which recently suffered a setback when its star sensor developed a snag due to solar radiation. Later, the ISRO used the antenna-pointing mechanism to overcome the technical hitch.

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