Mars Rover captures video of potato-shaped solar eclipse

As eclipses go, this one is pretty spectacular.

NASA has released a dramatic video of Phobos, one of Mars’ two moons, crossing the face of the sun.

But you’ll notice in the video above that Phobos looks more like a potato than the sphere shape typically associated with planets and moons.

The images, taken by NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover the 2nd of April, it lasts a whopping 40 seconds, which NASA says is much shorter than a typical solar eclipse involving Earth’s moon.

Of course, Phobos is also 157 times smaller than Earth’s moon.

NASA has filmed Martian eclipses before, but experts say it’s the highest quality footage yet.

“I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t expect it to be this amazing,” Rachel Howson of Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, one of the team members operating the camera, said in a Propulsion Laboratory news release to NASA jet.

Unfortunately, the chances of capturing future eclipses of Phobos are diminishing from the the moon approaches the martian surface and is destined to crash into the planet.

On the plus side, scientists say that won’t happen for at least another 10 million years.

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