The Sun was eclipsed by Huge Unidentified Object on February 2, 2013

Between 7:05 and 7:25 UT, on 03-02-2013, the Sun was obscured partially by the Earth from the satellite SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory).

This should be repeated until early next month. Indeed, we approach the spring equinox and the satellite is in geosynchronous orbit at 36,000 km above the American continent.

This means that every day around 7:00 UT, the Sun will be obscured because the satellite, the Earth and Sun are perfectly aligned.

This phenomenon also occurs in autumn equinoxes. An eclipse can last up to 72 minutes. (via videovax).

But.. was it a sun and earth eclipse, it does seem rather quick, with unusual shape involved.

You can see that the object that covers the sun has not even edges and contours.

From this we may assume that it is an unidentified object (or the shadow of it) right in front of the camera, and not a planet!


Original video from Helioviewer / Videovax


  1. That is really weird, wouldn't an object need light begind it to create a shadow against the sun and if so how could it create a shadow if the sun is so bright.

  2. AAron
    There was No shadow on the sun. thats not actually possible as the sun it self is the true source of light in our system.
    Whats happening Here is that some object is passing between the sun and the telescope /camera.
    Though it like IS big, it is not necessarily so.
    It could be as small as a basket ball and just be passing VERY close to the lens.
    Or, miles and miles away and be actually Huge.
    The distorted edge of shadow suggests to me how ever that it was pretty close to the lens.
    Just like accidentally putting your thumb in front of a camera lens when taking a normal picture, your thumb is dark and blurry.
    For me the fascinating thing is that the Object in question did not continue on a clear and progressive path. Like a small meteor simply passing in a straight line close to the lens, but here, it seems like it starts in front of the lens and then "changes" trajectory or direction.
    It actually pretty much reverses its self mid way.
    Unless it is exceedingly far away which the blur suggests it may not be, it is also moving quite slow for the average space object or debris.
    An average speed for such is well over a thousand miles per hour.
    Its certainly not impossible for it to be slow. Just Highly unlikely.

    For all we know how ever, it could be a protective cover for the lens doing a routine close open to test its functionality.
    An automatic lens cleaner perhaps, doing the same test run to clear dust.

    Who can say with out the blue prints?
    Thats my logical two cents worth on the matter.


    1. Var, another quality explanation, can't ask for more than that! I think you are probably right with the lens shutter theory, it makes sense to have such a device. Might have to check up on that one and let you know.

  3. I'm afraid it was simply the Earth. The SDO is in a geosynchronous orbit with an inclination of about 28 degrees. The SDO is much closer to the Earth, thus the "object eclipsing the sun appears with no contours or curves. This is simply the result of the SDO orbital location.

    I believe in UFOs as much as the next reader on this site, but this is not even close.

    -Nate (from TTBTS)

    1. Disagree on the earth part.
      Visuallizing possitioning in my head and having the object move partly into the frame them back wards again out, does not work with me.

  4. My thought is that the SDO is orbiting Earth, but always faces the sun. That means that while the SDO orbits Earth, is constantly changes its orientation so that its cameras can view the sun. Thus, when the SDO is orbiting "over the horizon," the Earth is going to appear the block the Sun. As it clears the horizon, the Earth seems to recede and the Sun is visible in its entirety once again.

    I my mind, it seems logical. Its just a matter of perspective.


    1. Ah, I see what you are getting that... How ever.
      IF this were so, if your eyes stay on the sun, shapes on it would change position showing the sun turning, as the camera turned. This is not the case.
      The sun remains stationary centralized and does not show evidence of turning.
      Even still, I see the earth moving into frame and then back out in the general direction in which it came. Not actually possible. The earth should move completely across the path blotting out the view. The only way around such a scenario is if the satellite had the capability of vastly changing its position in a very short amount of time. I mean hundreds of miles at least.
      Now, are we Sure that this particular satellite is in orbit around earth?
      I would put such a satellite in geosynchronous orbit over a pole so that its target is never obscured. Or put it out in a steady position between the earth and the sun. Hell, closer to the sun entirely.
      I cannot say I am familiar with this satellite.

    2. Vara,

      As posted above, the eclipse happened in the span of 20 minutes. This is not enough time to see a noticeable change in the Sun's rotation. This is because the Sun's rotation is too slow to notice it spinning in the span of 20 minutes.

      Imagine the SDO orbiting Earth. In order for the Earth to pass across the entire frame, the SDO satellite would have to travel from one side of the Earth, where the Sun is visible, and then orbit ALL THE WAY around the backside of the Earth until it reaches the other horizon, until the Sun becomes visible once again. THAT is not actually possible in the span on 20 mins, Vara.

      And the SDO satellite is constantly changing its orientation in order to remain focused on the Sun. It is orbiting the Earth, while rotating, so that its camera can focus on that single point outside of the Earth/Satellite system.

      Perhaps it would be beneficial to sketch a diagram of a Sun/Earth/Satellite system. This might help you understand why the Earth seems to come into frame and back out again.

      I can't say why the SDO isn't in a better orbital position. I can only analyze the effects cause from the position it does maintain. And yes, "we" are sure the SDO (Solar Dynamic Observatory) orbits Earth. Look it up.

      In fact, if the SDO did NOT orbit Earth, than this video would not allow Earth to come into view, and then out again. THEN, I would be skeptical about the video.

      One last bit. The STEREO (A and B) satellites do orbit the Sun. This allows them to image the backside of the sun, which is something the SDO cannot do since it is bound to Earth.

      But, if I can't convince you, then so be it. I'm a bit skeptical if this is even the real Vara. Your posts always seem a bit more informed. Maybe it's just me.

      I'd also be interested in Luke's point of view, if he migrated to this site.


    3. Nate.
      I would debate you like Ive debated Chuck or Daveyo, but I actually Like You. lol.
      Maybe I should have let my caps lock stick. ;)

      Now, about the sun. You completely missed my point. I wasnt speaking of the suns natural rotation.
      If I pointed a camera at You and then turn the camera, when watching it later on a screen it would be like watching YOU turn up side down.
      So to the sun. If the camera or satalite were turning the sun is the one you would notice it on.
      But the sun remains stationary, and thus the camera angle is not changing to compensate for the shadows encroachment.
      Still think Im not your lovable Vara dear?

      ~ V - Power!


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