By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStarz | Sep 19, 2012 05:44 PM EDT
NASA's rover Curiosity has taken hundred of photos while in space and latest images show what appear to be a partial eclipse of the sun.
Curiosity's cameras watched "chunks of the sun seemingly bitten away by Mars' moons in three different eclipses," according to Boston.com. The rare event started last week and continued on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
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The site also reported that these new images will help scientists track the large Martian moon Phobos, which, in 10 to 15 years, will get so close to the red planet that it will crash into Mars.
Scientists believe in a eclipse season, which occurs because two moons orbit around Mars, making it more likely to take place.
NASA reported that twice a year, for three weeks near the equinox, their Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) moves into its eclipse season; where Earth blocks its view of the sun for a certain amount of time each day. Click here to see the extraordinary images taken from space.
Another rare spectacle took place recently, one that many on Earth could watch from outside their windows. A blue moon was apparent on Aug. 31, and the next one will not occur until 2015. The moon had a slight bluish hue to it, however, the term "blue moon" refers to its rarity; blue moons are either the fourth full moon in a season or the second full moon in a month, according to the Huffington Post. The latter was this year's August blue moon.
The rarity of the moon also coincides with the common saying of something occurring "once in a blue moon."
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