NASA’s Lucy Spacecraft Observes Lunar Eclipse 64 Million Miles Away From Earth
By NASA information center // May 21, 2022
Lucy spacecraft launched in October 2021
(NASA) – NASA’s Lucy spacecraft observed the May 15-16, 2022, total lunar eclipse from a unique vantage point, 64 million miles (100 million km) from the Earth, nearly 70% of the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
Using its high-resolution panchromatic camera, L’LORRI, Lucy was able to watch as the Earth cast its shadow on the Moon.
At this distance, the Earth and Moon appeared only 0.2 degrees apart from Lucy, having the same separation as a car’s tail-lights as viewed from a quarter-mile (400 m) away.
The Lucy spacecraft launched in October 2021.
It is currently traveling back towards Earth for a gravity assist on October 16, 2022, to help propel it on its journey to the Trojan asteroids.
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