Awesome! Earth rising behind the Moon! A miracle? Check how NASA did it

NASA has shared a rare view of Earth rising behind the Moon! Here is how it captured the rare peekaboo moment when Earth popped up behind our Moon.

| Updated on: Dec 29 2022, 21:59 IST
How well do you know Earth's Moon? How did it form, rotation, its orbit? Get up close and familiar- 5 points
1/5 How did the Moon form? According to the information provided by NASA, the leading theory behind the formation of the Moon is that a Mars-sized object collided with Earth billions of years ago, and debris from this collision eventually formed the Moon. (NASA)
2/5 Moon's rotation: The time it takes for the Moon to rotate once on its axis is equal to the time it takes for the Moon to orbit once around Earth. This keeps the same side of the Moon facing towards Earth throughout the month. (NASA)
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3/5 Moon orbit Earth: According to NASA, the Moon takes about one month to orbit Earth (27.3 days to complete a revolution, but 29.5 days to change from New Moon to New Moon). As the Moon completes each 27.3-day orbit around Earth, both Earth and the Moon are moving around the Sun. Because of this change in position, sunlight appears to hit the Moon at a slightly different angle on day 27 than it does on day zero ― even though the Moon itself has already traveled all the way around Earth. It takes a little more than two additional days for sunlight to hit the Moon in the same way it did on day zero. This is why it takes 29.5 days to get from new moon to new moon, even though it doesn’t take quite that long for the Moon itself to travel once around Earth. (NASA)
4/5 Does the Moon have gravity? What would happen if there was no Moon? The Moon does have gravity. Because the Moon has less mass than Earth, its gravitational pull is weaker (about one-sixth of Earth’s). On the Moon, you will be able to jump about six times as high as you can on Earth ― but you would still come back down, informs NASA. Also, If there would be no Moon, Earth would be a very different world. The Moon’s gravity keeps our planet from wobbling on its axis too much, which helps to stabilize our climate. The Moon also plays an important role in creating tides in Earth’s oceans. (NASA)
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5/5 Who Has Walked on the Moon? Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin were the first of 12 human beings to walk on the Moon. Four of America's moonwalkers are still alive: Aldrin (Apollo 11), David Scott (Apollo 15), Charles Duke (Apollo 16), and Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17). In all, 24 American astronauts made the trip from Earth to the Moon between 1968 and 1972. Three astronauts made the journey from Earth to the Moon twice: James Lovell (Apollo 8 and Apollo 13), John Young (Apollo 10 and Apollo 16), and Gene Cernan (Apollo 10 and Apollo 17). (NASA)
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In a recently shared video by NASA, Earth seems to be rising behind the Moon. Here’s why. (NASA)

In a rare moment that is simply amazing, NASA captured the Earth and the Moon in a way that seems simply miraculous. NASA has shared an animated video that shows our Earth rising behind the Moon. No miracle this, but simply a bit of science and tech. The image was captured by NASA's Orion spacecraft of the Artemis I mission. NASA also said that the shared video is 900 times the actual speed and has been rotated and cropped. In the video, Earth's disk seems to disappear behind the Moon while it re-emerges from the other side. The video is captured on Day 13 of the Artemis I missions' Orion capsule's 26-day uncrewed mission, that is November 28.

NASA's Orion spacecraft's camera managed to capture the dark side of the Moon, which is a textured and heavily-cratered landscape, which we can't see from Earth. Also, it indicates that the Moon shows the same face as Earth because it is tidally locked with Earth. Moreover, you might witness that the Moon and Earth appear to wobble in the video. The mystery behind this wobbling too has been solved by NASA. The US space agency replied to a user on Twitter, “The slight wobble is because the camera was in a fixed position on the spacecraft's solar array while the Moon and Earth continued to move in their orbits relative to Orion.”

More about NASA's Orion Spacecraft

Recently, NASA's Orion spacecraft splashed down back to Earth on 11 December 2022 after a record-breaking mission. NASA revealed that it traveled more than 1.4 million miles on a path around the Moon and returned safely to Earth after 25.5 days while completing the Artemis I flight test. NASA tested Orion in the harsh environment of deep space before tries to fly astronauts out on Artemis II sometime in the near future.

During this mission, the spacecraft Orion performed two lunar flybys while coming within 80 miles of the lunar surface. NASA revealed that at its farthest distance, Orion traveled around 270000 miles from Earth and more than 1000 times farther than where the International Space Station orbits Earth. The captured peekaboo view of the Moon and Earth is one of the many achievements of this mission, but probably it is one of the most breathtaking.

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First Published Date: 29 Dec, 21:58 IST