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Earth in the ultraviolet from Chang'e 3

Earth in the ultraviolet from Chang'e 3

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Chinese Academy of Sciences

Earth in the ultraviolet from Chang'e 3
The extreme ultraviolet camera on Chang'e 3 studies the plasma environment around Earth at a wavelength of 63 nanometers. This image was taken shortly after Chang'e 3's landing, on December 16, 2013.

Compare that image to a model of Earth's plasmasphere:

Original image data dated on or about December 16, 2013

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