Video of the Moon Passing in Front of the Earth Taken From 31 Million Miles Away

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We don't have too many cameras out there in space past the moon, which is why most of our space shots are either looking outward, such as the shots taken by Hubble, or taken of Earth from the moon or closer. Which is why this video is so astounding. It's a video of the moon passing directly in front of the Earth, taken by NASA's EPOXI spacecraft from a whopping 31 million miles away.

The quality isn't the best, but it doesn't need to be; it's still absolutely breathtaking. This is an alien's-eye view, my friends, seen for the very first time. Amazing. [Bad Astronomy via Neatorama]

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That is so freaking cool. So are we looking into the past or is 31 million miles not really that far when it comes to light speed? And by past I don't mean a few minutes ago.