Carlos (tallon29) wrote,

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Blinded By Science

Courtesy of the Bad Astronomy blog:

"First, the setup. The Deep Impact spacecraft was the one that smacked a chunk of copper into a comet so that we could see what materials were below the surface. After the impact, the spacecraft kept going (with the mission renamed EPOXI), and it’s being used to do all sorts of interesting observations.

In late May, 2008, it turned its cameras back to Earth and observed us over the course of a several hours. During this time, from EPOXI’s point of view, the Moon passed directly in front of the Earth!"

That's us--all of us--from about 30 million miles away. The moon, over 200,000 miles from earth, seems practically right on top of us.

I know I've posted this a couple times before, but it seems appropriate:

Enjoy your weekend.
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