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WATCH: This glorious Earthrise as seen from the Moon makes everything okay

That's here. That's home. That's us.

BEC CREW
12 OCT 2016
 

If you're having a bad day, do yourself a favour and stop everything to watch this incredible footage of Earth rising as seen from the surface of the Moon. Yep, out in space, there's such a thing as the crescent Earth, and it looks just like the crescent Moon, only it's far more beautiful because it's home.

 

Shot by Japan’s Kaguya spacecraft in October 2008 using a pair of onboard 2.2 megapixel HDTV sensors, this footage is some of the first high-definition video ever shot from the Moon. 

Between 2007 and 2009, the Japanese Space Agency, JAXA, had three probes orbiting the Moon as part of their Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE) mission, and Kaguya was in charge of capturing it all on film as a moving visual legacy of our time on Earth's solitary satellite.

The footage has only just been released to the public, and astronomer Bill Dunford explains in a Planetary Society blog post that it's been under wraps for so long because of its imperfections. But that just makes it more real.

"One reason they weren’t previously released may be that some of them are 'marred' by lens flare and other imperfections, but I think such things lend interesting visual texture and context to the images and videos," says Dunford.

But if you want a more perfect view, JAXA has you covered, because it's released an entire cache of Earthrise images and footage, which we've included below.

Just remember: that's us, that's what we look like to the rest of the mind-numbingly massive Universe.

Earth, you total heartbreaker, you.

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