Moon Transits Earth


(YouTube link)

This is not a Hollywood special effect. This is an actual video of the Earth and moon taken from 50 million kilometers away.
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! The images were put together (by my old boss, Don Lindler!) into, well, one of the most astonishing animations I have ever watched. Ever.
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This is a view that is literally impossible from the ground. Only a spacefaring race gets the privilege of this view from a height.

Bad Astronomy Blog has more information, and links to even more. Link

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AnUnSi knows that the metric system was designed by homosexuals to make certain body parts sound longer. Which sounds more impressive - 3 inches or 7.62 centimeters?

Oh, and thanks again for saving the civilized world twice there. I guess that makes up for everything since.
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Nifty! That really gives you an idea of the relative sizes and colors of both Earth and Moon. I guess Deep Impact has nothing better to do at the moment, so why not take in the sights?
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Hi AnUnSi,

I hope you are well.

I strongly agree with you that you USA'n's should continue to use the system imposed upon you by your ex-rulers Great Britain. Who else will keep the Imperial measurement system alive? Close to all of the Commonwealth of Nations (still ruled and sentenced to Queenish dungeons by Her Maj') were seduced by those ugly Frenchies to use metric.

ps: as a start you might want to check your spelling, CIVILIZED has an S,
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