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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

The Moon transiting Earth, as seen from Deep Impact

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The Moon transiting Earth, as seen from Deep Impact As part of its EPOXI mission, Deep Impact spent 24 hours over May 28 and 29, 2008, watching Earth from a distance of 50 million kilometers. During that time, the Moon transited Earth as seen from the spacecraft. The view was captured using Deep Impact's High Resolution Imager, which had a serious blurring problem; efforts to reduce the blurring have introduced some other artifacts, like the concentric ringing on the Moon.

NASA / JPL / UMD / color composite by Gordan Ugarkovic

Here is the NASA release on these images.

This image library contains two other versions of images from this observation, the sequence below and an animation:

The Moon transiting Earth, as seen from Deep Impact (sequence)

NASA / JPL / UMD / color composite by Gordan Ugarkovic

The Moon transiting Earth, as seen from Deep Impact (sequence)
As part of its EPOXI mission, Deep Impact spent 24 hours over May 28 and 29, 2008, watching Earth from a distance of 50 million kilometers. During that time, the Moon transited Earth as seen from the spacecraft. The view was captured using Deep Impact's High Resolution Imager, which had a serious blurring problem; efforts to reduce the blurring have introduced some other artifacts, like the concentric rings on the Moon. These eight images were captured about half an hour apart, so the whole sequence spans about 3.5 hours.

Copyright holder: Gordan Ugarkovic

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about May 29, 2008

 

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Comments:

John O'Neal: 02/22/2013 05:06 CST

Next time we need a video of this in real time!

Shreerang Kaulgi: 12/18/2013 12:54 CST

The moon appears so much darker than the earth in the photo sequence. The mean albedo of the moon is about 0.12. Still it is so bright in the sky at night. Imagine the moon covered with talc even some millimetres thick. It would blaze in the night sky.

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