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Moon red
Ever wondered what a moonrise looks like from space? Aboard the ISS, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata just captured and shared this otherworldly photo of the crescent Moon rising from Earth's atmosphere:


Click the image to see the NASA page.

This is not a false-color image: The gas and dust in each layer of the atmosphere act as prisms, filtering out certain wavelengths of light. You can't really get a view like this from Earth (well, for a lot of reasons, but that's one.) Here's another shot of a moonrise from space, taken by astronaut Ron Garan in 2011:


Click the image to see Ron Garan's Twitpics page.

Happy moonrise Friday!

Chris

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carmy_w
Feb. 7th, 2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
That is neat!

And with pics like this, who needs to photoshop all the planets together into an arc? The real thing looks just as cool.
mckitterick
Feb. 7th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! It's like the "Pale, Blue Dot" image:




Earth, as photographed by the Voyager spacecraft from four billion miles away. Click the image to see the NASA page discussing Earth
in this context.

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