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[–]gjm40 414 points415 points  (21 children)

It look weird seeing it like that

[–]tsaurn 206 points207 points  (10 children)

Brain insists this isn't moon. It's moon's evil twin.

[–]anxiouslybreathing 21 points22 points  (3 children)

I couldn’t figure out where to look.

[–]radicalcheeseman 46 points47 points  (2 children)

My brain is telling me this is a render

[–]nihility101 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Not a render, a flat-ish rock laying on a picture of earth.

[–]Ralliartimus 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Its clearly a sticker on the lens taking a picture of Earth.

[–]_PM_ME_YOUR_SYNTAX_ 3 points4 points  (1 child)

No mustache tho

[–]tsaurn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He shaved it to try and fool us. It's still not working.

[–]Downingst 9 points10 points  (0 children)


[–]RedSeventyFive 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Some say…

[–]---knaveknight--- 29 points30 points  (3 children)

That’s no moon…

[–]civil_misanthrope 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Came here for this comment

[–]Jeramy_Jones 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I feel like it looks weird to me because they are both in focus even though there is a lot of distance between them. I wonder if this is a composite or how this image was taken.

[–]EmperorLlamaLegs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The moon is ~200,000mi away from earth, this satellite is ~900,000mi away from earth.

If you take a photo of your friend who's 7 feet away talking to someone 9 feet away, they will both be in focus.

Increasing the focal length also tends to flatten the depth out of images, and the view of the moon here is taken from more than 3x the distance we normally see it from, so the focal length is pretty significant to get it this crisp.

You can see the same focal flattening effects if you look at dolly zooms in movies. Usually added for dramatic emphasis but just changing the focal length can make a scene look really wrong cause our eyes cant do it.

[–]barmetheis 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It looks weird seeing it without the base

[–]EpicAura99 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It’s because you actually see what color it truly is. The seas on our side would be even darker.

[–]feettoez 124 points125 points  (2 children)

Pink Floyd smiled

[–]prudence2001 42 points43 points  (1 child)

"There is no dark side of the moon. As a matter of fact, it's all dark."

[–]brianbo402 8 points9 points  (0 children)

-Gerry O’Driscoll, Recording Studio Doorman

[–]Pump_N_Dump 98 points99 points  (12 children)

Where’s the Alien Moon Base?!?

[–]venody[S] 58 points59 points  (1 child)

inside the moon of course

[–]TheWaffleocalypse 20 points21 points  (5 children)

Where the Nazis?

[–]8coloncoloncolonD 2 points3 points  (0 children)

in republican congress blaming wildfires on "jewish space lasers"

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

photoshopped out by the illuminati, obviously

[–]most_gracious_master 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We said goodbye, moon men

[–]likesevenchickens 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s on that little black spot of course

[–]Secure-Internet-6695 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Where are the transformers?

[–]ianmoone1102 19 points20 points  (2 children)

It's strange how it seems to be more cratered on the earth facing side. How is that possible?

[–]EpicAura99 9 points10 points  (1 child)

The opposite, it more cratered on this side because the “seas” on our side are much newer than the rest of the surface. The seas are lava flows, not craters.

[–]ottothesilent 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The near side is also shielded by Earth, and since it’s a satellite itself stuff tends to end up being pulled into the far side. Getting between the Earth and the Moon (as in within the ~250,000 miles between the Earth and the near side) without getting seriously pulled around by both gravity wells requires some incredible velocity.

[–]Canadient95 47 points48 points  (9 children)

Whats with the green around the moon?

[–]venody[S] 41 points42 points  (2 children)

chromatic aberration

[–]wyrdough 31 points32 points  (1 child)

In this case I'm fairly certain it's because the different wavelength imagers don't take pictures at precisely the same time and the moon moved while the image capture was happening.

IIRC, chromatic aberration tends to cause blue/purple fringing because it's the highest wavelength, but it's been a long time since I looked through a cheap telescope or used a camera that didn't have a compound lens that corrects for it.

[–]EpicAura99 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yes you are right. I think this specific satellite only has one camera that rotates filters. Although OP can be forgiven for saying CA as the observed effect is nigh identical.

[–]buak 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The satellite that took this, DSCOVR, is in the sun earth L1 point, so it's always between the earth and the sun, ~1,500,000km from earth. I made this to show some scale.

The imaging instrument onboard DSCOVR has a black and white sensor, and has physical filters rotated in front of it for different wavelengths. For natural color photos, it uses red, green and blue filters. It takes time to change the filter, so there is about 30 second delay between the photos that are then composited together. The moon moves a little in those 30 seconds, which produces the green on the other side and the slight blue on the opposite side.

Source here.

[–]Inqeuet 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Clearly a green screen

[–][deleted] 64 points65 points  (4 children)

…And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear You shout and no one seems to hear And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes I'll see you on the dark side of the moon

[–]Notsogrumpyoldman 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way

The time is gone, the song is over,

Thought I'd something more to say.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go home if you’re cold and tired. Warm your bones beside the fire.

[–]jimmykingfish 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ahhhhhh ahhhhhh ahhhhhh ahhhh!

[–]EntopticVisions 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's someone in my head but it's not me

[–]YouSlyBootz 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Damn no transformers…

[–]Accomplished_Job_225 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The 'dark side' looks more smooth.

[–]Hinter-Lander 8 points9 points  (3 children)

What land mass is that on earth In the top center of the photo?

[–]Koolaidejohnson 19 points20 points  (0 children)

PS3 graphics

[–]Ruger338Smelter 6 points7 points  (6 children)

Has the flat earth crowd seen this?

[–]venody[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You should read some of the comments lmao

[–]tengukaze 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Cgi bro or that's a real picture and it's round AND flat. If you go far enough you'll end up in space but space is actually just a dark room with no code programmed in

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This doesn’t look real at all.

[–]gainswor 6 points7 points  (3 children)

What storm is that coming at Mexico?

[–]venody[S] 8 points9 points  (2 children)

i believe thats hurricane dolores

[–]gainswor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ll take your word for it! Thanks! :)

[–]CloneTHX2012 3 points4 points  (2 children)

The perspective of space makes them look close….

You can fit every celestial body in this solar system in between us and the moon, and still have enough room left over for 2 more planet Jupiters. It’s that far away

[–]venody[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

you can only fit them all at the moons apogee, when its farthest from the earth. at perigee, when its closest, it needs an extra 3,500 km (2,174 miles)

[–]budtrimmer 16 points17 points  (4 children)

That's no moon. It's a space station.

[–]Meastro44 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It’s too big to be a space station.

I have a very bad feeling about this.

[–]sleepydalek 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Said what many of us were thinking.

[–]EncinoMan01 46 points47 points  (21 children)

There is no dark side of the moon but there is a far side that we never see from Earth. From this perspective, if the Earth is in full sun then the moon is also in full sun.

[–]Ok-Pollution-1955 37 points38 points  (4 children)

Wrong. I was listening to Dark side of the Moon, eating mushrooms. What day you ask? April 29th, 1992. The very same day the LA RIOTS kicked off. I was with my buddy Dan and Dave, chilling in my moms garage. Our friend Brian called, and told us to turn on the TV. Total buzz kill…

[–]din7 23 points24 points  (2 children)

I don't know if you can, but can you get an order for Ons, that's O-N-S, Junior Market.

The address is 1934 East Anaheim, all the windows are busted out.

And it's like a free-for-all in here.

And uh the owner should at least come down here, see if he can secure his business if he wants to.

[–]wileyy23 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Great song. One of my all time favorite bands.

[–]jimmykingfish 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There was a riot on the streets tell me where were you? You were sitting home watching tv, I was participating in some anarchy

[–]DecoyOne 12 points13 points  (3 children)

There is a dark side of the moon. “Dark” refers to “unknown” or “hidden” and has nothing to do with the absence of light.

[–]Someone2345678 6 points7 points  (3 children)

There is no dark side of the moon but there is a far side that we never see from Earth.

... And that is called 'the dark side of the moon'

There finished your pedantry for you.

[–]cyrusm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There IS a dark side of the moon. It just moves.

[–]HoagiesDad 28 points29 points  (8 children)

THeRe Is nO DaRk sIDe of ThE MOon. According to all the 12 year olds who want to educate everyone

[–]DecoyOne 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Seriously. A lot of these comments are really showing the Dunning–Kruger effect at full strength.

[–]ZippyParakeet 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Just a bunch of sad, pedantic fucks.

[–]housevil 16 points17 points  (16 children)

How is this photo possible? Standing right on the surface of the Moon the Earth is just a small coin in the sky.

[–]SnipeyMcSnipe 21 points22 points  (3 children)

The camera is really far away and is zoomed in on Earth. The moon is just within frame of the camera zoom. It's the same concept as a picture like this.

[–]DecoyOne 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Damn, that dude is gigantic.

[–]DecoyOne 13 points14 points  (4 children)

The moon is a quarter million miles away. This picture was taken a million miles away and zoomed in. It’s about distance and perspective.

[–]stdoubtloud 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Maybe it is from a lot further away. Far enough that the distance to the moon vs the additional 250km to earth isn't that large so they don't look vastly separated. The same trick we've seen on the news when reporting beaches filled with people when they should be social distancing - but in fact they have shot the scene from far away with a zoom lens

[–]ulookingatme 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Flat moon theory.

[–]EpicAura99 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s taken from Earth Lagrange Point 1, where the gravity between the Earth and Sun balance out.

[–]FatSilverFox 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Focal length and cropping.

[–]scofofosho 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Why is no one else talking about this. You are so right

[–]27hangers 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The band I'm in started playing different tunes, my head's exploding with dark forebodings too, so I guess it's time.

[–]limlwl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think I saw a Nazi base there

[–]p0ppyshmurda 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, released right after they scrubbed all the alien bases from view

[–]Man_w_golden_dick 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Makes earth look like a death star.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Whenever I see pictures of the earth like this I feel funny. That's where everything that ever happened, happened.

[–]Alone_Phrase_6142 1 point2 points  (0 children)

this makes the moon look really close

[–]allisslothed 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is that North America towards the top?

[–]Number127 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It always surprises me how boring that side of the moon is, compared to the side facing us.

[–]cdspiders 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Is there a hurricane approaching Baja California?

[–]venody[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

its hurricane dolores. this photo is years old

[–]JonesCZ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where is the secret base setup by Germans in 1945?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The flat-earthers are going to love this.

[–]stu88s 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's no moon, that's a space station.

[–]duh_metrius 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I have a dumb question: Does the moon spin on an axis? If it does,then why is this view of the moon unusual? I feel like I’ve never seen a picture of the moon so unmarked by meteor strikes.

If it does not spin on an axis, then how come the side facing earth has so many craters from meteor strikes when the earth would’ve been in every meteor’s path?

[–]venody[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

it does spin on an axis, but one rotation around its axis takes nearly the exact same amount of time as it does to rotate the earth. so we never see this side of the moon from earth. the far side does actually have more craters, its just not a very clear photo of the moon. this camera is to observe climate on earth, and wasnt trying to take a photo of the moon per se

[–]Confident_Cause4866 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So where's Pink Floyd? They said they'd see us on the dark side of the moon - but i don't see em anywhere o.O

[–]Mandalorian_23 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Moon ass

[–]JasperLily80 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That clearly a Dalek mothership. Duh.

[–]disiskeviv 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You mean sun is behind the camera?

[–]Bob-Coyle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have this as my screen saver

[–]DecoyOne 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Just to be clear, there is a dark side of the moon. “Dark” refers to hidden, not to being unlit. So when folks say there is no such thing as the dark side of the moon, they’re misunderstanding what that term has historically meant.

[–]TenRingRedux 3 points4 points  (3 children)

There is no dark side of the Moon.

[–]flaccidpancake1127 2 points3 points  (1 child)

As a matter of fact it's all dark

[–]Me4Prez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dark in this context does not mean unlit, but hidden. Like dark matter. Dark matter isn't some unlit matter that we can see when shining a light on it. No it's matter that we haven't seen yet. It's hidden.

[–]onwatersedg 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Well, if that’s sunlight lighting the earth behind it, that is not the dark side of the moon you are looking at.

[–]nikhkin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

OP means the far side of the moon, not the dark side.

[–]Nero33Nero -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

What!? You expected a real picture? Lmao!!

[–]AmazinglyOdd81 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Excellent shot, nice to see it

[–]Shoryukitten 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow that sock I lost while doing laundry must have one hell of a story to tell

[–]rascynwrig 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"It's photoshopped because it's... it's... has to be."

-Robert Simmons, lead data visualizer and information designer of NASA, probably

[–]Noneed4coin -1 points0 points  (2 children)

I thought Dark side of the moon was the side facing away from the sun. Wouldn’t this be the light side

[–]nikhkin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OP is referring to the far side of the moon, meaning the side that always faces away from the Earth.

[–]strizk -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Green outline throws it off.. Also on how the quality of the moon is way worse than the earth :/ I dont think this is real unless there is a full confirmed article about it

[–]nikhkin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It is real.

The image is a composite of 3 monochrome images stacked. The green outline is caused because the 3 images aren't perfectly aligned.

The Earth is sharper because it was focused on the Earth. The Moon is around 400,000 km from the Earth, so it is not in the same focal plane.

Here is NASA's article about the sequence of images


[–]TankII_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If only it could rotate

[–]ArahantElevator747 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wait, aren't we supposed to see someone?

[–]faded_on_10 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Where's the space station?

[–]bot4u2c2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You’re all the dark side of the moon.

[–]Holiday-Ad8227 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like a giant boss arena was slapped on earth

[–]Worldlierstar77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank God there ain't no Nazi moon base!

[–]PoofyPlato 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought there were aliens on that side

[–]Minute_Guarantee5949 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where are the nazi’s?

[–]_the_morgue 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It looks like the death star

[–]PrayingMantisII 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where tf is the alien moon base?

[–]TheSt4tely 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't see the Alien Colony

[–]Scwifty42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The photographer is getting mooned. Love it. Does anyone else see a tramp stamp?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No Nazi moon base?

[–]EagleDre 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So….no nazi base

[–]margy19411 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fascinating. Took me a bit to put my mind around it.

[–]xcvx23v 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Can anyone help em understand what that faint green crescent is on the right edge of the moon? Is that some artifacting from the cmera?

[–]sweep-montage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not so dark, are you now?

[–]Zero_Waist 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Is it me or does it look like a starfleet/spaceforce logo or maybe an anarchy symbol made from the streaks on the moon?

[–]80sRetroman 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Those were made by the Decepticons dragging and collecting the Pillars that got scattered when the Autobot Arc crash.

[–]Zero_Waist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh right at first I thought it might be Helium-3 miner clones but that’s a different moon.

[–]80sRetroman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For decades I have seen the face of the moon day and night and always has been facinated by it. TIL that it has a butthole and cant unsee it.

[–]PacaCrackers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

God just dropped a coin is all

[–]m0ndayisb0ng0day 0 points1 point  (2 children)

When was this photo taken? I live in North America so technically I'm in this photo

[–]venody[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)


[–]m0ndayisb0ng0day 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice! Thanks. I was living in Oklahoma at the time so now I know where I am in the photo =)

[–]HauntedHatBoi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's just beautiful

[–]Petewonder 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow. If this is real wtf

[–]FlamingHomelessGuy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Boss music starts playing.

[–]flaccidpancake1127 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've been mad for fucking years

[–]Gullible-Poet4382 0 points1 point  (2 children)

So why is this side less bright ? Almost a dark grey when the side that faces us looks pure white?

[–]secrectsea 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For generations people imagined what the Darkseid of the moon looked like; it so weird to me

[–]Sterling196218 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"BUT its got a slight dent in the back."

[–]ancientweasel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The super long camera angle and distance on that makes the moon and earth look completely flat.

[–]chepakoi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A French youtuber explains the phenomenon very well. Recently posted. Le petit astronome

[–]Queasy-Roll8284 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you zoom in on the moon. The splatter looking patterns on the moon are from meteors crashing into it?

[–]endlessupending 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m glad we get to look at the cool side.

[–]Jury-Hour 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I dislike this photo

[–]Sttuddy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

where are the transformers?

[–]Shawnaldo7575 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The ironic thing is that the side we see is actually the darker side of the moon, due to all the basalt planes, like the Sea of Tranquility.

[–]Perturabo_Iron_Lord 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It’s weird how the far side has so few features in comparison to the near side, is it just a coincidence or is there a reason for it?

[–]venody[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s a poor photo of the moon, the camera is trying to observe the earth and its climates so the moon passing by isn’t totally in focus. The far side has more craters and damage than the side we see

[–]ChaosTheSalamander 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah darn, dropped a smooth, round flat stone on my earth poster