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Curiosity Sees 'Evening Star' Earth

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 07:48 PM

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Sees 'Evening Star' Earth


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New images from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover show Earth shining brighter than any star in the Martian night sky.

The rover's view of its original home planet even includes our moon, just below Earth.

The images, taken about 80 minutes after sunset during the rover's 529th Martian day (Jan. 31, 2014) are available at http://photojournal....atalog/PIA17936 for a broad scene of the evening sky, and at http://photojournal....atalog/PIA17935 for a zoomed-in view of Earth and the moon..

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 10:12 PM

That is really cool!


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 10:16 PM

"With intellects vast, and cool, and unsympathetic... they regarded our world with envious eyes." - H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds.



Sorry Waspie, I couldn't resist. Though I must admit, there is no site so humbling than seeing a little speck on its journey through the cosmos. Our speck.

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 10:19 PM

View PostDecoNoir, on 06 February 2014 - 10:16 PM, said:

Sorry Waspie, I couldn't resist.
There is never any need to apologise for quoting Herbert George.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 01:56 PM

I found the observed distance from the Earth to the Moon to be interesting, I don't know why but I thought it would appear much closer. Also you can see the grayish look to the Moon and a slightly blue tint to the Earth, assuming that was not enhanced color like many space photos. They should aim the camera at Jupiter if they are both currently on the same side of the sun, I would be curious how large it appears in the Martian sky when compared with how it appears on Earth.


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 05:16 PM

So mind boggling its like us on earth looking at the stars!


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 11:15 PM

Grr.

If I'd known photos were being taken I'd have cleaned those windows of mine and out up decent curtains.


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 11:42 PM

Hey Waspie,

I don't want to nit-pick but the main page of UM (not the forum) says, "The rover has taken a picture to show what Earth looks like from more than 100 million miles away." That's way over an AU, which can't be right. It must be in kilometres.

I don't know who to contact to correct this. You could probably fix this quicker.


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 02:55 AM

Just shows how insignificant we really are. Next planet over and we're hardly even visible.


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 03:42 AM

The Little blue Dot ! Sleep well Carl !

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 03:56 AM

View PostLikely Guy, on 08 February 2014 - 11:42 PM, said:

Hey Waspie,

I don't want to nit-pick but the main page of UM (not the forum) says, "The rover has taken a picture to show what Earth looks like from more than 100 million miles away." That's way over an AU, which can't be right. It must be in kilometres.

I don't know who to contact to correct this. You could probably fix this quicker.

I checked a couple different articles and they all say just less then 100 million miles. You have to remember that Mars and the Earth are not locked to each other, so one can be on the other side of the Sun or on the same side as the Sun. I think 100 million miles means that we're at about a 45 degree angle from Mars in the solar plane (With the Sun as the axis). Probably a astronomy buff could answer exactly.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 03:58 AM

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and at http://photojournal....atalog/PIA17935 for a zoomed-in view of Earth and the moon..

The Moon is so bright, probably if there had been intellegent beings on Mars, they'd have thought that we live in a binary planetary system, with two worlds orbiting each other.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 05:46 AM

Very cool pic


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:27 AM

View PostDieChecker, on 09 February 2014 - 03:56 AM, said:

I checked a couple different articles and they all say just less then 100 million miles. You have to remember that Mars and the Earth are not locked to each other, so one can be on the other side of the Sun or on the same side as the Sun. I think 100 million miles means that we're at about a 45 degree angle from Mars in the solar plane (With the Sun as the axis). Probably a astronomy buff could answer exactly.

Clarification here.
On 31JAN2014 (pic taken date) the distance in between Mars and the Earth was as follows @ 06:00h CET :
Km :159.273.650,79
Miles :  98.989.217,40
AU :  1,06467860
(The distance mentioned in the NASA article is correct)

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Edited by toast, 09 February 2014 - 09:14 AM.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:38 AM

Sweet!






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