NASA’s Parker Solar Probe captured this grand prospect of Earth swimming in a sea of stars over the course of ten days in April 2019. Earth is the first bright round spot that shows up before the Milky Way is seen. The Moon was too close to Earth to be resolved. The background star near Earth is Spica. Mercury is seen in transit across the Milky Way core. Venus is the very bright spot at the end. Jupiter is also seen just before Mercury appears while Saturn is in the background. The stripes are cosmic rays hitting the camera…


Video: https://vimeo.com/402521326

Composite of SDO footage of Venus and Mercury solar transits as approximate stand-ins for Earth and Moon:
https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/3941
https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4461

Sound of the Sun:
https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/13011

Music:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YYX3WSW/

Scientific References:
The Earth transiting the Sun as seen from Jupiter’s moons: detection of an inverse Rossiter–McLaughlin effect produced by the opposition surge of the icy Europa
P. Molaro, M. Barbieri, L. Monaco, S. Zaggia, C. Lovis
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 453, Issue 2, 21 October 2015, Pages 1684–1691
https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/453/2/1684/1144327

Transits of Earth as Seen from Mars
Meeus, J., Goffin, E.
Journal of the British Astronomical Association, vol.93, no.3, p.120–123 (1983)
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1983JBAA...93..120M


What a transit of Earth and Moon across the Sun would look like

Composite of SDO footage of Venus and Mercury solar transits as approximate stand-ins for Earth and Moon:
https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/3941
https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4461

Sound of the Sun:
https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/13011

Music:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YYX3WSW/

Scientific References:
The Earth transiting the Sun as seen from Jupiter’s moons: detection of an inverse Rossiter–McLaughlin effect produced by the opposition surge of the icy Europa
P. Molaro, M. Barbieri, L. Monaco, S. Zaggia, C. Lovis
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 453, Issue 2, 21 October 2015, Pages 1684–1691
https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/453/2/1684/1144327

Transits of Earth as Seen from Mars
Meeus, J., Goffin, E.
Journal of the British Astronomical Association, vol.93, no.3, p.120–123 (1983)
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1983JBAA...93..120M


NASA’s Parker Solar Probe captured this astonishing footage of Earth journeying against her cosmic backdrop over the course of ten days in April 2019. Earth is the first bright round spot that shows up and moves to the right of the frame before the Milky Way is seen. The Moon was too close to Earth to be resolved. The background star near Earth is Spica. Venus is the very bright spot at the end. Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury are also seen.


This true-color composite view of Earth and Moon from Saturn was captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on 19th July, 2013. Cassini’s narrow-angle camera took the 3 raw images (in red, green, and blue visible light) used to create this photograph from approximately 898,410,414 miles (1,445,851,410 kilometers) away.

GIF version made by adding two additional frames of Earth shot by Cassini:


This true-color composite view of Earth and Moon from Saturn was captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on 19th July, 2013. Cassini’s narrow-angle camera took the 3 raw images (in red, green, and blue visible light) used to create this photograph from approximately 898,410,414 miles (1,445,851,410 kilometers) away.

GIF version made by adding two additional frames of Earth shot by Cassini:


NASA Apollo Moon Missions 50th Anniversary Homage

I’ve had the incredible luck and privilege of meeting and interviewing NASA Apollo astronauts like Alan Bean, Edgar Mitchell and Alfred Worden. They are true heroes for all time and humanity, and we are very lucky to have some of them with us today. Go meet one and say thanks if you get a chance!

As the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, please accept my humble video homage to the Apollo voyages to the Moon. The video was sourced and edited from multiple Apollo lunar missions, using onboard 16mm NASA public domain footage shot by the astronauts themselves.

I am very grateful to the amazingly talented and versatile Hollywood composer Bear McCreary for providing his stellar music track “The Line” to accompany the visuals.


NASA Apollo Moon Missions 50th Anniversary Homage

I’ve had the incredible luck and privilege of meeting and interviewing NASA Apollo astronauts like Alan Bean, Edgar Mitchell and Alfred Worden. They are true heroes for all time and humanity, and we are very lucky to have some of them with us today. Go meet one and say thanks if you get a chance!

As the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, please accept my humble video homage to the Apollo voyages to the Moon. The video was sourced and edited from multiple Apollo lunar missions, using onboard 16mm NASA public domain footage shot by the astronauts themselves.

I am very grateful to the amazingly talented and versatile Hollywood composer Bear McCreary for providing his stellar music track “The Line” to accompany the visuals.

Avi Solomon

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