Moon Over Earth

Images of Earth's limb at sunset and the Moon as seen through Earth's limb
April 2, 2003
CreditEarth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center
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The two images above show the Earth’s limb captured by astronauts on the International Space Station. The first is a view of the limb at sunset. The surface of the Earth appears as a dark disk at the bottom with the blackness of outer space draped over the top. Below that image is a glimpse of the barren moon through the Earth’s limb. With no atmosphere, the limb of the moon arcs crisply against the backdrop of space.