The pale blue disk of the Earth

The last time I looked through my telescope at Jupiter I saw something very close to this (size and color are about what I could see from my deck):

But that’s not a picture taken from earth.  It was taken from mars.  But that’s not even the coolest part.  In the same picture they were able to capture both Jupiter and Earth!

There is our planet.  The bright spot is solar reflection off the atmosphere, but there is continental structure in there that you can make out.  The full story goes through it in detail, including how the image capture was made.

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  1. Neat! Everytime I see photos of space like those, I am just overwhelmed by the universe. I mean, it’s just unreal to think that it just keeps going, and going, and going. And it’s just so beautiful.

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