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The Earth-Moon System

The Earth-Moon System

Eight days after its final encounter with the Earth, the Galileo spacecraft looked back and captured this remarkable view of the Earth and Moon. The image was taken from a distance of about 6.2 million kilometers (3.9 million miles).

The picture was constructed from images taken through the violet, red, and 1.0-micron infrared filters.

The Moon is in the foreground, moving from left to right. The brightly-colored Earth contrasts strongly with the Moon, which reflects only about one-third as much sunlight as the Earth. Contrast and color have been computer-enhanced for both objects to improve visibility.

Antarctica is visible through clouds (bottom). The Moon's far side is seen; the shadowy indentation in the dawn terminator is the south pole Aitken Basin, one of the largest and oldest lunar impact features.

Discover Earth's companion. Check out these images in our Moon Pictures Gallery.

Our Geology Guide also has some great links to Earth Images from Space. Check them out.

Discover the rest of the galactic neighborhood with our Solar System Tour.

Learn your way around the night sky with a Sky Map. They're free.

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