Here is XRT's view of the annular eclipse that occurred between May 9th and 10th.
This event was visible from Australia and various Pacific islands; check out
to see the path of the eclipse and head over to
Space.com for a
nice image gallery. Though this was an
annular eclipse from the ground, the Moon just
skimmed the Sun from Hinode's perspective in orbit. And since the satellite whirls around the Earth
about once every 90 minutes, Hinode passed through the eclipse path a total of four times.
XRT only captured three of the resulting eclipses, however, because the both the Earth
and the Moon were blocking the Sun for one of the orbits (this is also why one of the eclipses is
truncated halfway through). The animation above shows the second
of the three eclipses that XRT saw; click for GIFs of all three.
Notice how each
eclipse has a different orientation. This is due to
parallax, which is an effect that
results from the satellite's ever-changing viewing angle.
Parallax is also behind the slight curve in the Moon's motion. A nice
explanation of this effect can be found at