NASA video taped a partial solar eclipse over the Moon and in so doing captured the longest solar eclipse recorded to this day, according to Reuters, Jan. 31, 2014. The images were captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory which is run by NASA. The partial solar eclipse lasted as much as two and a half hours, making it the longest such eclipse recorded to date. NASA advises that such events take place as much as two to three times a year, but not usually for this long.
In related news, this author has learned that NASA also is researching global warming by testing atmospheric conditions with a special plane. It is interesting to note how NASA has found other avenues within which to reach since the termination of the Space Shuttle program.