- The featured video was taken from the surface of Mars a month ago by the Perseverance rover. Phobos, at 11.5 kilometers across, is 150 times smaller than Luna (our moon) in diameter, but also 50 times closer to its parent planet. In fact, Phobos is so close to Mars that it is expected to break up and crash into Mars within the next 50 million years. In the near term, the low orbit of Phobos results in more rapid solar eclipses than seen from Earth. The featured video is shown in real time -- the transit really took about 40 seconds,as shown. The videographer -- the robotic rover Perseverance (Percy) -- continues to explore Jezero Crater on Mars, searching not only for clues to the watery history of the now dry world, but evidence of ancient microbial life.
am_Unition and I went a few rounds about "science" vs. "entertainment" in which I made the point (angrily and aggressively) that the "scientific" theme of beating up on anyone who wants their bazillion dollar space missions to do something fun and entertaining is why people hate science.
Obviously, we've known that there are eclipses on Mars since we discovered there are moons on Mars. There is exactly zero scientific merit to this Youtube video.
But fuck you. It's an eclipse. Recorded from the surface of Mars. And so long as my money is paying for it? I want my goddamn Youtube videos.