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EarthSky // Science Wire, Space Release Date: Mar 12, 2014

Here’s Earth shining in the Mars sky, if you can see it …

Think of looking for planet Mars in the night sky here on Earth. Well, on January 31, the Mars Curiosity rover turned its camera toward the horizon and snapped this photo of Earth shining in the Martian night sky.

View larger. |Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU

View larger. |Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU

‘Shining’ might be rather strong word. In the image, Earth is a faint white speck, top-center-left, just above the dim glow of twilight near the Martian landscape. Can you see it? We couldn’t. Luckily, NASA supplied an image with a pointer, see below.

View full size. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU

View larger. | Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU

The image was captured about 80 minutes after sundown on the rover’s 529th day, or sol, on the red planet. Curiosity and Mars were about 160 million kilometers (99 million miles) from Earth at the time.

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