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How about a view of US from Mercury?  Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
How about a view of US from Mercury? Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

This image is the Earth and Moon as seen from the planet Mercury! The MESSENGER spacecraft took a series of images of the Earth – Moon system on 08 Oct and if you click the image you will see another image beside this one showing the moon during the lunar eclipse!

A bit anticlimactic? You need to watch the animation. Pretty amazing!

From NASA:

MESSENGER was 107 million kilometers (66 million miles) from the Earth at the time of the lunar eclipse. The Earth is about 5 pixels across and the Moon is just over 1 pixel across in the field of view of the NAC, with about 40 pixels distance between them. The images are zoomed by a factor of two and the Moon’s brightness has been increased by a factor of about 25 to show its disappearance more clearly.

Date acquired: October 8, 2014
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)

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