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See Earth From The Lunar Far Side

11 Feb 2019, 17:24 UTC
See Earth From The Lunar Far Side
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Moon and Earth are seen on Feb. 3 in a photo taken by a webcam on China’s Longjiang-2 satellite orbiting the moon. CCTV / CNSA
I love photos of the Earth from space. When they include the far side of the moon in the same frame, it only adds a little more of awesome. While we’ve heard little news of late about China’s Chang’e 4 mission to the lunar far side, these mission-related photos recently popped up online. They were taken from the Longjiang-2, one of two microsatellites launched to the moon last year to lay the groundwork for the Jan. 3 soft landing on the far side of the moon.
The still photo was taken on at 9:20 p.m. on Feb. 3 and reveals both a full Earth and a full moon. Only the full moon in this instance is happening on the lunar far side. On that same date, the moon was in new phase as seen from Earth. During new moon phase, the earth-facing half of the moon is completely dark because it appears in the same direction as the sun in the sky. No sunlight can touch it. We can’t see a new moon except in ...

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