This is what the Earth looks like from the dark side of the Moon

Feb 5, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This is what the Earth looks like from the dark side of the Moon

Feb 5, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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I believe we’ve all seen the famous Earthrise photo taken by the Apollo 8 crew 50 years ago. But thanks to a Chinese satellite that’s currently in lunar orbit, we get to see the Erath and the Moon from a totally different and rare perspective. On 3 February current year, the satellite captured an image of the far side of the Moon with our planet in the background.

The photo was taken with a camera linked to an amateur radio transceiver on board the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite. It’s currently in orbit around the Moon and it entered the orbit back in Jube 2018. The Verge explains that this probe was launched into space along with Queqiao satellite, which was critical for the recent landing of Chang’e 4 spacecraft. 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.

Queqiao is currently located in a stable position near the Moon. From here, it relays radio signals from Longjiang-2 and the Chang’e 4 lander back to Earth. As for the photo of the Earth and the “dark side of the Moon,” it was transmitted back to Earth and received with the Dwingeloo Telescope.

If you’re interested, you can find more information here. And I sure hope we’ll soon get to see more stunning photos from the far side of the Moon.

[via The Verge; image credits: Dwingeloo Radio Observatory]

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25 responses to “This is what the Earth looks like from the dark side of the Moon”

  1. Clarence Hemeon Avatar
    Clarence Hemeon

    There is no dark side of the moon you morons. It is the far side of the moon.

    1. Lefty Grove Avatar
      Lefty Grove

      The far side of the moon has long been called “the dark side”. “Dark” here means “hidden” or “unknown”, not “unlit”. The word “dark” is used properly here.

      What is wrong about the headline is that you can’t see the Earth from the dark side; the picture is not a view from the dark side but rather a view from space of both the Earth and the dark side of the moon.

  2. SamJS Avatar
    SamJS

    Question wouldn’t it seem more likely that there should be more craters on the dark side of the moon, vs the illuminated side? The photo, maybe due to lighting, makes it look like the dark side has considerably fewer craters. I would think the gravitational pull of the Sun/Earth would be pulling mores debris from behind the moon, towards it’s dark side, since the lit side is always pointed towards the Sun/Earth.

    1. aleroe Avatar
      aleroe

      The lit side is not always pointing to the Earth. If it were, we’d have a full moon all the time.

      The far side *does* have more craters, but that’s because there has been more volcanic activity on the near side, which obliterates craters.

      1. Lefty Grove Avatar
        Lefty Grove

        “Dark” in this context doesn’t mean “not lit”. It means “not known”. Like a “deep, dark secret”. It has nothing to do with illumination.

        1. aleroe Avatar
          aleroe

          I’m familiar with that argument. Regardless, it’s a bad idea to call the far side the “dark” side because there really are people who don’t know that one side always faces the Earth and that all of the moon gets illuminated.

          1. Lefty Grove Avatar
            Lefty Grove

            You’re free to call it “the far side”. That’s what it’s usually called. But you can’t forbid people from calling it “the dark side”, as it has long been called. And making a show of failing to understand just makes you look foolish.

          2. aleroe Avatar
            aleroe

            Who said anything about forbidding it? I said it’s a bad idea. Why are you escalating the rhetoric? You must be a lot of fun in political arguments.

            Look at SamJS’s post, which I was responding to. He says “the dark side of the moon vs. the illuminated side”. He compounds that by saying that “the lit side is always pointed towards the Sun/Earth”.

            SamJS is clearly confused about what the “dark” side of the moon is and I was politely explaining it to him, without calling him foolish. You, sir, were dead wrong about what was happening in this discussion, dead wrong about how people are using the word “dark”, and you ironically called me foolish over it. You didn’t just put your foot in your mouth, you swallowed it!

          3. Lefty Grove Avatar
            Lefty Grove

            Yes, I must concede that you’re right. This thread started with SamJS’s post, which does indeed show that he thinks “the dark side” means “the unlit side”.

            Mmmm. . . that’s good foot.

            I confused this thread with others in which people (mistakenly) claimed that the headline was wrong to use the phrase “dark side of the moon”.

          4. aleroe Avatar
            aleroe

            Thank you.

  • Martin Jameson Avatar
    Martin Jameson

    It is very cool, but as it and the earth are lit it should be considered the far side of the moon, the dark side would currently be facing closer to the earth

    1. Bret Wiley Avatar
      Bret Wiley

      Martin Jameson yes, I believe Pink Floyd coined the phrase “dark side of the moon”, it’s not what actual scientists call the far side. Not sure why this keeps happening….

      1. Lefty Grove Avatar
        Lefty Grove

        The phrase long predates Pink Floyd. “Dark” means “hidden”. It’s an accurate description for what until quite recently could never be seen by people.

  • Shelley Welsh Avatar
    Shelley Welsh

    Simply stunning! This image reminds me how vulnerable and fragile our home is. Why we do not honor our host or each other or life in all of it’s forms, I will never understand. I hope we will evolve to know and practice what is truly important for our collective well being.

  • Shachar Weis Avatar
    Shachar Weis

    It’s the far side of the moon, not the dark side. It gets the same amount of light that the other side gets.

    1. Lefty Grove Avatar
      Lefty Grove

      The far side of the moon has long been called “the dark side of the moon”. “Dark” in this case means “unknown” or “hidden”. It has nothing to do with light.

      1. Charles Feldmeier Avatar
        Charles Feldmeier

        Calling it the “dark” side is still wrong

        1. Lefty Grove Avatar
          Lefty Grove

          That’s technically true ever since 1959, when the Soviet Luna 3 probe first photographed it. The far side of the moon was until then, and to most people still is, hidden, or as we say, dark.

          So no, not wrong. You’re welcome to prefer “far side”, but it’s wrong to say “dark side” is incorrect.

  • Avatar Avatar
    Avatar

    Come on guys at diyphotography. Spell check is pretty easy these days. YOU SPELT Earth as erath and June as Jube? Makes me wonder you’ve bothered to get your facts right as well?

  • Diogo Pessoa Andrade Avatar
    Diogo Pessoa Andrade

    Does it look any different from ‘the bright side of the moon’?

  • Deacon Avatar
    Deacon

    THERE IS NO DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

    1. Lefty Grove Avatar
      Lefty Grove

      There’s an unlit side (though that changes constantly, as with the Earth), and there’s a side turned permanently away from the Earth, which is sometimes called “the dark side”. One way or the other, there’s definitely a dark side.

      Now go get your caps-lock key unstuck.

      1. Deacon Avatar
        Deacon

        Yes, you’ve been spending the last two days repeating this nonsense like a broken record. Doesn’t make it true.

        1. Lefty Grove Avatar
          Lefty Grove

          I gather you think I’m wrong. You don’t seem to be able to articulate why.

  • Pierre PISU Avatar
    Pierre PISU

    Funny enough, here in France we always called it “La face cachée de la lune” hence the hidden side of the moon.