They look so close together in these images. Shouldn’t be so hard to go there…
Explain that, flat-earthers!
NASA is part of the conspiracy, duh!
I presume that satellite is parked at the L1 point, to be able to look down on Earth in permanent sunlight; I’d love to see a time lapse over weeks or months of the Earth rotating and the weather developing from that point of view.
The neat thing about that image is that it’s showing you the so-called far side of the moon fully lit by sunlight.
I’ve seen images of the far side since the Russians first sent one back, and I’ve seen globes and maps of the moon that depict it. But I can’t recall seeing a clear, fully sunlit photograph of the far side of the moon before. It’s very rarely shown in popular imagery.
THIS LOOKS SHOPPED. I CAN TELL FROM SOME OF THE PIXELS AND FROM SEEING QUITE A FEW SHOPS IN MY TIME.
My musical group recently changed genres.
Sigh, you non-scientifical types really get under my skin. If you look closely you will plainly see that, when this happened, the moon was over the middle of the ocean. It then zooms off again. How you gonna stand in the middle of the ocean and grab it? You think a boat will help? Nu huh. Those white, swirly things all over the place are sea monsters. They would eat your boat.
Really, one should critically think these things through.
Hey, I’m just asking questions here!
I see. The “front” of the Earth has North America on it, so all of those black people have to use the back of the Earth.
Who is that parked in my driveway?
(Less jokingly, it is cool to see the far side of the moon.)
The effect has been noted before:
Notice you can see a fuzzy reflection of the sun at the Earth’s subsolar point?
A dramatic illustration that the Moon is actually not very shiny. We’re used to seeing it all on its own, most often against the backdrop of the dark night sky, and not in front of a shiny blue planet, so we think of it as this brilliant silvery-white object rather than the dark gray world it really is.
I think that can give an idea of how magnificent a full Earth must look as seen from the Moon.
Absolutely. One of my favorite Apollo pics: http://ep.yimg.com/ay/skyimage/apollo-11-earthrise-4-9.jpg
You row out into the middle of the ocean and at high tide you put up a ladder, climb up it and jump down on to the moon!
Italo Calvino said so in The Distance of the Moon in his Cosmicomics collection! Don’t recall sea monsters being mentioned at all.
The first link here is the text as a pdf
Not to mention in Pixar’s La Luna
Pixar? Pthhhbt! There has been no scientifically accurate Pixar movie since “Toy Story”. They’re afraid they may scare the kiddies.