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Pair of bright star-like features - the Earth and Moon


The pair of bright star-like features in the upper panel are not stars at all, but the Earth and Moon! The image was captured by the MESSENGER spacecraft at a distance of 98 million kilometers (61 million miles) from Earth. The computer-generated image in the lower left shows how the Earth appeared from Mercury at the time. Much of the Americas, all of Europe and Africa, the Middle East, and much of Asia were visible. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

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