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Oct. 8 Lunar Eclipse as Seen From Mercury via NASA's Mercury MESSENGER Spacecraft

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posted on Oct, 14 2014 @ 04:38 PM
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"From Mercury, the Earth and Moon normally appear as if they were two very bright stars," noted Hari Nair, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Md. "During a lunar eclipse, the Moon seems to disappear during its passage through the Earth's shadow, as shown in the movie."

MESSENGER was 107 million kilometers (66 million miles) from the Earth at the time of the lunar eclipse.
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Image from CNET's Article (modified).

Very cool images of the eclipse from our hot neighbor. You can just barely see other stars floating around the image.

Not sure what the flash is down by the seconds on the time display. Maybe space debris floating by the camera, or could be some bad data since the signal is traveling 66 million miles.


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posted on Oct, 14 2014 @ 05:17 PM
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originally posted by: _BoneZ_
Not sure what the flash is down by the seconds on the time display. Maybe space debris floating by the camera, or could be some bad data since the signal is traveling 66 million miles.


Probably a cosmic ray strike on the CCD.



posted on Oct, 14 2014 @ 05:17 PM
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This is Cool _BoneZ_! It gives an interesting, different, perspective of what we see from this planet! I like it.



posted on Oct, 14 2014 @ 07:41 PM
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Would've been even better if it could've been captured from Mars also. Then we'd have two different views from two different locations in the solar system.




posted on Oct, 14 2014 @ 07:45 PM
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The moon going into earth's shadow as seen from near Mercury. "Will wonders never cease" seems appropriate here. Very nice OP, OP.


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posted on Oct, 14 2014 @ 08:04 PM
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Spectacular!

Our solar system is truly a marvelous place, full of treats that hardly ever disappoint.



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