Video: This is what the earth and the sun look like from the south pole of the moon

VIDEO: Así se ven la Tierra y el Sol desde el polo sur de la Luna


29 October 2021 20:12 GMT

“The Earth appears to be upside down and spinning backwards,” NASA said in a video.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a video on October 16 showing simulations of motion. “Unusual“Earth and sun when viewed from the moon’s south pole.

The animation, created by NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, shortens the three – month period (slightly more than three lunar days) to two minutes.

The space agency points out that the virtual camera is located on the edge of the Shackleton abyss and points to Earth. The mountain on the horizon 136 km away is unofficially called Mons Malabert.

“Here, the sun orbits the horizon, not more than 1.5 degrees above or below it, while the earth moves further and further down, not far from the 0 ° longitude”. Points out At NASA. “The earth seems to be upside down and spinning backwards. The always low angle of the sun creates very long shadows that rotate over the rough lunar terrain.

Some time later in the video, while watching the ‘second month’, the earth passes in front of the sun and creates an eclipse.

“For the audience on Earth, this one Lunar eclipse, In which the moon passes through the shadow cast by the earth. However, when viewed from the moon, it is a solar eclipse“, As explained in the video.

  • This surface simulation is possible thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) space probe, which has been mapping the surface of the moon since 2009.
  • NASA decides that there will be LRO maps The main emphasis “Exploring the Moon and Discovering Water and Other Resources in It.”

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