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This Photo Shows the Dark Side of the Moon and Earth in the Same Shot


A Chinese satellite currently orbiting the moon has captured a beautiful photo showing both the far side (AKA dark side) of the Moon as well as planet Earth in the background.

The Dwingeloo Radio Observatory in the Netherlands reports that the photo was captured by China’s Longjiang-2 satellite on February 3rd, 2019.

The photo above has been color corrected — here’s what the unedited shot looked like:

Longjiang-2 shot its first photo of the whole Moon and Earth in one shot after waking up from a slumber — China made the satellite go silent while landing the Chang’e-4 probe on the far side of the moon last month so it wouldn’t interfere with necessary communications.

(via Dwingeloo Radio Observatory via The Verge)