Video: Modern Day Earthrise in HD, as Seen by the Japanese Lunar Orbiter

Forget sunrises… what we need to see more of on Instagram and our Facebook newsfeeds is Earthrises. Of course, they’re a bit harder to capture, but spectacular footage like this high-definition video shot by the Japanese Lunar Orbiter can give even the most beautiful beach sunrise a run for its money.

The footage was captured on April 5th, 2008 as the KAGUYA orbiter rounded the moon with the sun at its back, setting it up to take the ideal Earthrise video. Well, ideal if we could just remove the loud, ‘Captain Obvious’ narrator guy.

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Check it out for yourself above, you’re not going to want to miss it, but we suggest muting the video and putting on your Earthrise playlist while you do… everybody has one of those right?

P.S. If you haven’t had enough of lunar orbiter Earthrises yet today, check out this photograph taken in February of this year by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter:


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  • Tor Ivan Boine

    in a time long long ago, there was a year 2008


    omg so fake no stars just wow

  • Josh Hawley

    not seeing stars while in space and looking at bright objects is typical. The camera actually filters them out when adjusting for the amount of light coming in.


    i was just making a joke about those people who believe humans didn’t go to the moon as they will say stupid things like where are the stars, not understanding the light difference between the earth/moon and faint stars.

  • specialgraphics

    Anybody else thinks this video could be 100x better without music and narration?

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    Mute <————– There is a button for it.

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