Viewing a Solar Eclipse from a Distance of 223,000 Miles

This captivating image, depicting the Moon’s shadow on Earth’s surface, was captured during a 20-second interval commencing at 2:59 p.m. EDT (18:59:19 UTC) on April 8, 2024, by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Typically tasked with obtaining high-resolution black-and-white images of the lunar landscape, the camera suite aboard the LRO serves to enhance our understanding of polar illumination conditions, identify potential resources and hazards, and facilitate the selection of safe landing sites. Capturing an image of Earth necessitates the LRO to swiftly rotate to assemble the image, showcasing its versatility and scientific prowess.

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