Scientists present moon rotation in full lunar glory
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 00:30
Sept. 19 - Using data captured by a NASA satellite in orbit around the moon, scientists have created a stunning movie mosaic showing a full rotation of the moon during a lunar month. Rob Muir reports.
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It's a 360 degree view of the moon stitched together from 110,000 still images taken by a camera on board NASA's Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter.
The images were taken over a full lunar month, as the moon completed its slow rotation.
From Earth's perspective, the moon rotates too slowly to reveal any more than one of its sides during the night.
But the lunar mosaic reveals that the dark side of the moon isn't so dark after all.
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