Earthrise, from LRO (2015)

Earthrise, from LRO (2015)

This stunningly beautiful earthrise image composed from a series of images taken Oct. 12, when Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the robotic spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon, was about 83 miles (134 kilometers) above the moon’s farside crater Compton. It was published on December 18, 2015. In this composite image we see Earth appear to rise over the lunar horizon from the viewpoint of the spacecraft, with the center of the Earth just off the coast of Liberia (at 4.04 degrees North, 12.44 degrees West). The large tan area in the upper right is the Sahara Desert, and just beyond is Saudi Arabia. The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America are visible to the left. On the moon, we get a glimpse of the crater Compton, which is located just beyond the eastern limb of the moon, on the lunar farside. Image: NASA

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