Breathtaking photo of far side of Moon and Earth

Breathtaking photo of far side of Moon and Earth

Breathtaking photo of far side of Moon and Earth

At the very beginning of this year, Chang'e 4 landed on the far side of the Moon and sent us the first photo from up there.

We already received images taken by the satellite of the Moon and Earth back in October.

The image was snapped by a camera aboard the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite. "The far side of the moon has many more visible craters than the side of the moon that we can see from Earth", Dijkema wrote in a blog post about the latest image.

The Chang'e-4 lunar probe was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China on December 8, 2018, and entered orbit around the Moon five days later.

After a radio-quiet period to avoid interfering with the Chang'e 4 Lunar landing, [Longjiang-2] became active again on 13 January 2019. The tiny satellite took handsome pictures of the Moon after reaching lunar orbit in June 2018, but in early January 2019, as the CNSA was carefully monitoring the landing of Chang'e-4, it invoked a radio-quiet period to minimise interference, according to CAMRAS, which manages the Dwingeloo Radio telescope in the northeastern Netherlands.

The probe has since been re-activated and started taking a time-lapse of the Earth-Moon system on 3 February.

Because the orbiter was 205 miles (330 km) to the east of the landing site, Chang'e 4 lander is only about two pixels across, and Yutu-2 is not detectable.

According to astronomers, setting up the shot and receiving the data from DSLWP-B is an exhaustive process. The Dwingeloo telescope downloaded the photo from the satellite this morning.

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