Season’s Greetings from Earth and Solar System

Thank you to all who have visited the Earth and Solar System blog in the last year and who have come along to our events in the Manchester area. We all look forward to seeing you in 2016.

We hope that you enjoy the Christmas Day full Moon – there has not been a full Moon on the 25th December since 1977 and there will not be another until 2034, so we hope that the weather is clear for you to view this one!

On this day in 1968 the crew of the Apollo 8 mission took the iconic Earthrise picture looking back to the Earth as they were orbiting the Moon.


Dec. 24, 1968: Earthrise – as taken by Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, when it entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve. Image: NASA

and we hope you enjoy this amazing new view of our own planet just released by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is currently exploring our nearest neighbor and capturing the beauty of the Earth in 2015. Read more about how the image was produced on the LROC webpage.

Earthrise 2015

Dec. 2015 – Earth over the limb of the Moon captured by the LRO mission Camera experiment. Image: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.




About Katherine Joy

Hello! I am Katherine Joy. I am part of the University of Manchester Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group. More details about my research interests can be found at
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