And here is a special treat for you!

Unless you're a penguin, you probably didn't see the solar eclipse that occurred last week over Antarctica and portions of South Africa and New Zealand. Fortunately, X-Ray Telescope on Hinode was on the job to capture this spectacular footage of the event.

And as a bonus resulting from Hinode's orbital mechanics, three eclipses are observed for every one seen from the ground! This was the last solar eclipse of 2011; the next one won't occur for another six months on May 20th, 2012.

Hinode is led by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in collaboration with +NASA the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and the +European Space Agency, ESA. Hinode is a Japanese mission developed, launched and operated by ISAS/JAXA, in partnership with NAOJ, NASA and STFC (UK). Additional operational support is provided by ESA and NSC (Norway).
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