The Shadow of Phobos Universe Today

Mars’ moon Phobos casts its shadow across the surface of the Red Planet in this photograph captured by ESA’s Mars Express. Phobos is only 27 kilometres by 22 kilometres in size (17 x 14 miles), and it orbits Mars once every 7.5 hours. To an observer on the ground, this eclipse would look similar to one on Earth; however, Phobos would only cover about 20% of the Sun’s surface. And it would be over quickly – the shadow moves at 7200 km/h (4400 mph).