Check Out Earth’s Stunning Cameo in This Moon Flyover Video

NASA is busy making preparations to send the first woman and next man to the moon in the years to come, but thanks to some formidable work by space enthusiast Seán Doran, you can visit them now.

Doran has compiled a vast amount of footage and photos captured more than a decade ago by the Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya to create a four-hour flyover video that shows the lunar surface in incredible detail.

The fascinating video, posted on YouTube late last month, takes you at a gentle pace over the surface of our closest neighbor. The footage captures the moon in a variety of lighting conditions that highlight its stark, crater-strewn landscape.

The moon. For real.

4 hours @JAXA_de Kaguya Orbiter archive converted in real time.

Noise removed, repaired, graded and rescheduled.

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– Seán Doran (@_TheSeaning) February 1, 2021

Unless you’re a huge slow TV fan or have a keen interest in the moon, you probably don’t want to get through the entire four hours … at least not in one sitting. But don’t leave without seeing Earth’s breathtaking cameos, first at 9:18 a.m. and then, half-in the dark, at 1:24:10 p.m.

The Japanese Kaguya orbiter – officially called SELENE, short for Selenological and Engineering Explorer – came to the moon in 2007 and spent the next 20 months orbiting it.

For much of the time, the spaceship orbited the moon at an altitude of approximately 100 km, allowing it to accomplish its mission objectives, including studying the moon’s origins (including its geological evolution), collecting data on the lunar surface environment, and performing radio science work that involved an accurate measurement of the moon’s gravitational field. When the mission was declared completed, Kaguya was finally ordered to crash onto the lunar surface near Gill Crater in June 2009.

Did you know that astronomers recently discovered a “mini moon” orbiting the earth? But instead of a piece of space rock, it turned out to be something completely different.

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