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Friday Eye Candy: the Moon and the Terminator

ImaGeo iconImaGeoBy Tom YulsmanAug 30, 2013 9:34 AM

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The moon seems to float over the Earth's terminator in this photograph taken by Karen Nyberg from the International Space Station on Aug. 24, 2013. (Photograph: Karen Nyberg/NASA) No need to be looking for Ahhhnold, of course. By "the terminator" in the headline I mean the line separating the sunlit part of the Earth from the nighttime side. And that's the moon floating just above it. I spotted this photograph in astronaut Karen Nyberg's Twitter stream, and I found it so beautiful that I had to share it with you. It is a waning gibbous moon, meaning it is past full, and the illuminated part is greater than the darkened part. Make sure to click on the image to see a larger version. You'll see some white lines in the cloud deck. I'm not sure, but I think those are probably contrails from aircraft.

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