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See how this potato-shaped solar eclipse looks on Mars | Digital Trends Spanish

A solar eclipse lasts 40 seconds in Marsat least that is how it can be seen from a phenomenal record of the robot perseverancewhich captured the passage of the small moon Phobos by the Sun, marking a real edible potato in the shadows.

Using a Mastercam-Z camera, the rover took this video on Martian day 397, April 2 for Earth. The special camera has special solar filters.

“I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t expect it to be this amazing,” said Rachel Howson of Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, one of the members of the mastcam-Z team that operates the camera.

“You can see details in the shape of Phobos’ shadow, like ridges and bulges on the moon’s landscape,” said Mark Lemmon, a planetary astronomer at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo., who has orchestrated most of the observations. of Phobos by Mars rovers. “You can also see sunspots. And it’s great that you can see this eclipse exactly as the rover saw it from Mars.”

Phobos is 157 times smaller than our Moon.

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