Hinode scientists plan to observe the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse over the course of at least two orbits.
Hinode is a spacecraft designed to observe the solar surface and corona in X-ray light. It is located in a low-Earth (about 400 miles or 630 km altitude), sun-synchronous polar orbit that permits nearly continuous observations of the sun. Since its launch in 2006, the spacecraft has been able to take amazing images of our moon passing across the face of the sun. The images enable scientists to develop an improved model of the telescope performance. On May 20, 2012, Hinode took this spectacular image of a solar eclipse with its X-Ray Telescope (XRT), revealing the inner regions of the sun’s million-degree corona and a glimpse of its active photosphere.
The JAXA/NASA Hinode mission witnessed two solar eclipses on Nov. 13, 2012, near in time to when a solar eclipse was visible in the southern hemisphere. This movie shows the first, a total eclipse.
May 20, 2012 eclipse