Trippy space photo shows distant Earth behind the far side of the moon

Check out the far side of the moon, with Earth on the bottom right.
Check out the far side of the moon, with Earth on the bottom right.

Image: MingChuan Wei/Harbin Institute of Technology

A Chinese satellite swooped behind the moon and snapped a shot of two worlds: the heavily-cratered moon, and in the distance, the cloud-covered planet Earth. 

The image, captured on February 3, shows the far side of the moon that us Earthlings never see. The moon is locked in orbit to Earth, meaning that the same side of the moon is always facing us. But as the image shows, the moon’s far side is often illuminated by the sun, exposing the impact-blasted, grey lunar desert.

Meanwhile, some 239,000 miles away, clouds swirl over Earth’s lands and oceans, and life goes on.

The moon and Earth

The moon and Earth

Image: MINGCHUAN WEI/HARBIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

The satellite responsible, DSLWP, is a 20-inch tall “microsatellite” built by Chinese astronomers. This moon-orbiting technology is not associated with any government space agency, so it falls into the category of an “amateur” satellite — though it’s certainly capable of sophisticated science and maneuvering through space.

A student-built camera took the shot, which was then beamed via radio antennae to the 82-foot wide Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in the northeastern Netherlands. 

Craters on the far side of the moon

Craters on the far side of the moon

Image: Tammo Jan/Dwingeloo Radio Telescope

The heavily-cratered far side of the moon leaves evidence of the chaotic early solar system wherein rocky bodies pummeled the moon and planets. Things have certainly calmed down since then, allowing life to thrive on the blue ocean-world that is Earth.

Uploads%252fvideo uploaders%252fdistribution thumb%252fimage%252f85981%252f120f5e1f 7646 4214 ac05 8e5ec6b6f03d.png%252foriginal.png?signature=xh6iamctwja5xroqir8hv1skfzy=&source=https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws



Source link

more recommended stories

  • Instagram deleted a post calling out predatory photographer for ‘bullying’

    When a young model tried to.

  • The AI Renaissance portrait generator isn’t great at painting people of color

    Surprise! Artificial intelligence-generated portraits based off.

  • We found the cheesiest nails on the internet (literally)

    Mashable bites into a creamy, nutty,.

  • Android users getting detailed battery info for Fast Pair devices

    It’s a huge pain when you.

  • 9 outer space movies streaming in honor of the Apollo 11 Moon landing

    On July 20, 1969, U.S. Astronauts.

  • Libra may have to pivot before it even launches

    The words “permissionless” and “regulated” don’t.

  • The ‘Cats’ trailer gave everyone nightmares, so we’re coping with memes

    The CATS trailer dropped on Thursday.

  • Help fight the world’s cybersecurity crisis by taking these online courses

    Just to let you know, if.

  • Vizio D-Series TVs are on sale for up to $250 off at Walmart

    Just to let you know, if.

  • Fitbit fitness trackers are on sale for up to 62% off

    Just to let you know, if.

  • Instagram can’t stop flood of grisly photos from Bianca Devins’ murder

    Instagram users are stepping up to.

  • SanDisk microSDXC card for Nintendo Switch for under £18

    Just to let you know, if.

  • New York City blackouts always bring the wildest photos

    It’s rare to catch New York.

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ‏joins chorus of facial recognition critics

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez knows what’s coming down.

  • Netflix’s ‘Point Blank’ fails Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie: Review

    The following is a spoiler-free review.

  • Super Mario Party, Breville Espresso Maker, Beats Solo3, and more deals for July 12

    For all you Nintendo Switch owners,.

  • ‘The Lion King’ is a dutiful recreation of a beloved classic: Review

    There’s nothing really wrong with the.

  • ‘Stranger Things’ Monopoly game available for pre-order

    Just to let you know, if.

  • Lyft self-driving cars offer tactile maps, diagrams for blind riders

    Aptiv’s self-driving cars on the Lyft.

  • PS4 games, Sony speakers, Philips juicers, Logitech headsets, Kenwood stand mixers, and more on sale for July 9 in the UK

    Here’s some good news for anyone.

  • Watch Gordon Ramsay teach Lil Nas X how to make a panini

    Lil Nas X is a bonafide.

  • Vets treat ‘exotic’ bird, realize it’s just a seagull covered in curry

    An orange bird saved by passersby.

  • Why that devastating finale is a fake out

    This post contains spoilers for Season.

  • 10 deals on cool gadgets that’ll help you stay organized

    Just to let you know, if.

  • Genius creates a ‘Simpsons’- inspired steamed hams level using ‘Mario Maker 2’

    Proving there is no end to.

  • Apple works to resolve iCloud issues after outages reported

    Reports of iCloud outages made the.

  • Hey drivers, use this to discover how much Uber and Lyft take from you

    Uber and Lyft keep changing how.

  • The hard truth about California’s massive tree die-offs

    The number, so far, is over.

  • This Frigidaire retro mini fridge is on sale for $119 at Walmart

    Just to let you know, if.

  • iPhone game helps heart surgeons save lives

    Sam Glassenberg is no doctor, but.

  • Revolut launches new, effortless way to donate to charities

    Revolut is a UK-based financial services company.

  • This Amazon Web Services online course could help you kick off a new career

    Just to let you know, if.