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NASA spacecraft captures rare double eclipse on video

Early Friday, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught both Earth and the moon passing in front of the sun. (NASA)

Early Friday, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught both Earth and the moon passing in front of the sun. (NASA)

NASA captured a rare space event Friday when Earth and the moon crossed in front of the sun.

NASA’S Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the stunning double eclipse. It was also visible in parts of southern and central Africa.

The space agency said early Friday morning Earth completely eclipsed the sun from the satellite’s perspective just as the moon began its journey across the face of the sun.

Observers can tell the Earth and the moon apart by their edges: Earth’s is fuzzy, while the moon’s is sharp and distinct.

The video clip relased by NASA lasts 34 seconds.