What looks like an unsightly bruise in an otherwise serene view of our blue Earth is actually the effect of a rather special astronomical event that occurred on March 9.
The moon briefly blotted out the sun for observers in a 90-mile-wide strip of land and sea over parts of Indonesia and the Pacific Ocean region.
It's eclipse season for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a time when our own planet can't bear to to be out of the spotlight and barges its way into the shot.
For the last time until 2033, a 'supermoon' and lunar eclipse coincided, causing our planet to collectively look up in awe.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will glide through the shadow of Sunday's supermoon eclipse in an attempt to observe changes in the moon's layers of soil.
With the huge supermoon lunar eclipse just one week away, it's time to dust off your small telescopes and binoculars, track down an observatory event or webcast, or draft your invitations for a moon-cake party.
Sunday's eclipse will be visible to observers throughout South Africa, as well as people in the southern parts of Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
When you block out the glare of the sun, usually invisible -- and beautiful -- phenomena pop into view.
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