By Dean Murray via SWNS
It may be the star of our solar system, but the Sun was photobombed by the Moon last week.
Our lunar neighbor was observed by scientists passing in front of the Sun on Wednesday, November 23.
The spectacle wasn't viewable on Earth, but captured by the sun-observing GOES satellite and its SUVI (Solar Ultraviolet Imager) instrument.
The moon cast a silhouette between 10:30 to 12:00, with one online observer commenting "(the) Moon takes a bite out of the sun, wonderful picture."
The GOES SUVI telescope allows forecasters to monitor the Sun’s hot outer atmosphere, or corona.
Observations of solar emissions aids in the early detection of solar flares, coronal mass ejections (CMEs), and other phenomena that impact the geospace environment.
The early warning given when SUVI observes a solar eruption comes at least 15 hours before the associated CME arrives at Earth.
This allows forecasters to issue the appropriate watches, warnings, and alerts for geomagnetic storms.
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