Back in October the Juno spacecraft flew past the Earth and was able to capture an amazing series of images showing our pale, blue dot and the moon in its never-ending orbit. Juno is on its way to Jupiter and is scheduled to arrive July 2016. Here’s a quote from an article in the L.A. Times explaining how difficult it was for the spacecraft to capture the images:
The video was a bit of a challenge to create. The spacecraft is spinning as it moves through space, so the sensors had just an instant when they were properly positioned to snap each frame in the movie. The individual frames were sent back to Earth and processed into the video you see above.
Look to the west-southwest tonight shortly after sunset for a very thin crescent moon with a very bright Venus just to the right. It’ll also be an easy way to locate Saturn, which will be up and to the left of the moon.
Learn more: Crescent Moon and Venus Put on a Show – Homepage Observing – SkyandTelescope.com. Image credit to Sky and Telescope.
Amazing small paintings on the edges of materials in the University of Iowa’s Special Collections & Archives holdings.
Animated gif of same book:
Link to the University of Iowa Special Collections and Archives Tumblr
Found via: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/09/fore-edge-book-paintings/