Earth rise

I was born about six weeks before the first lunar landing. Yes, that was nearly 40 years ago. 40 years!

Despite my birth happening around probably the most exciting event in the history of science I didn’t really start getting into astronomy until fairly recently. I’ve been reading the odd blog post by Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer, as it were) and since I started reading his posts I’ve been getting more and more into cosmos-related science stuff.

I’ve been recording lots of astronomy programs from the various documentary channels, and while much of these programs are a little gimmicky I do love finding out more about our universe.

The closest astronomical body to our Earth is obviously the Moon. It’s right there in the sky and we still haven’t really found out an awful lot about it. Luckily for us there’s a Japanese satellite orbitting the moon as we speak and they’ve released some absolutely astonishing video clips taken by their HD camera.

Have a look at this one – called Full Earth Rise:

How incredible is that? Take a look at it in full-screen mode. It’s a bit jerky but the view is amazing.

[found via Wil Wheaton]

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