Earthrise and Saturn closeup

I was exploring Quartz and came upon these breath-taking images.

Our Blue Marble, seen at dawn, rising from the moon, is an awesome sight.

by Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Taken by the Kaguya lunar orbiter

by Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Taken by the Kaguya lunar orbiter.

A reverse view of Saturn, made by combining 165 images, reveals additional, fainter rings around the planet.

A reverse view of Saturn, made by combining 165 images, revealed additional, fainter rings around the planet. (NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

(NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

Saturn, its shadow and its rings
A view of Saturn from its night side. Even when not directly in front of the sun, its rings still reflect light around the planet.

A view of Saturn from its night side. Even when not directly in front of the sun, its rings still reflect light around the planet. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

 

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2 responses to “Earthrise and Saturn closeup

  1. Ben

    the photography, the planets, both amazing.

  2. Big Tim

    Why do you call the image of the earth from a moon orbiter at “dawn”? Seeing that the earth appears fully illuminated, if it was just coming into view of the camera the camera would be entering into darkness, going from the sunlit side of the moon into the unlit side the moon being approximately between the sun and the earth.Since the earth is illuminated, how is it the camera sees through the earth atmosphere? If we are on the earth in daylight we cannot see out through the atmosphere so how does a camera see in?

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