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A Chinese satellite swooped behind the moon and snapped a shot of two worlds: the heavily-cratered moon, and in the distance, the cloud-covered planet Earth. 

The image, captured on February 3, shows the far side of the moon that us Earthlings never see. The moon is locked in orbit to Earth, meaning that the same side of the moon is always facing us. But as the image shows, the moon’s far side is often illuminated by the sun, exposing the impact-blasted, grey lunar desert.

Meanwhile, some 239,000 miles away, clouds swirl over Earth’s lands and oceans, and life goes on.

The moon and Earth

The moon and Earth

Image: MINGCHUAN WEI/HARBIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Read more…

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