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Earth Pictures, good pictures of Planet Earth

Welcome to this part of our astronomy website. Here are some of our favorite pictures of Earth. Feel free to download any of these great pictures of planet Earth to your computer for personal use. We are going to be adding more pictures of Earth on this page soon. To view the Earth pictures in full size just click on the pictures.

 earth from moon picture

Here is a picture of the Earth taken from close to the Moon

picture of the Earth

Clear picture of the Earth in daytime

The Earth at Night

Here is a good picture of the Earth at Night, you can clearly see lights on.

earth mosaic picture

Clementine color mosaic of the full Earth taken while the spacecraft was orbiting the moon. Over 70 high resolution images were taken and put together to form this mosaic. Africa can be seen to the right, South America at lower left, and North America and Europe at the top mostly hidden by clouds. The Earth is 12,750 km in diameter and north is at roughly 11:30.

Earth at Night

Here is a partial picture of the Earth on a cloudless night.

Galileo earth image

Galileo raw image of Earth taken from 2.7 million km 3 days after the first flyby. Africa and the Middle East can be seen at the top and Antarctica at the bottom. Weather systems are visible in the clouds over the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The image was taken through the infrared (9680 nm) filter, which enhances the visibility of the land masses. Earth is 12,750 km in diameter.

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View of Earth showing Antarctic, Australia and India

This image from Galileo's first flyby of Earth on 12 December 1990 UT (11 December EST) shows Antarctica at the bottom, Australia to the right and India at the top. The center of the disk is at about 35 S, 255 W in the Indian Ocean. The color image was produced from 3 Galileo color images. Australia is about 3200 km (2000 miles) across. The image was taken from about 2.5 million km from Earth, 3 days after closest approach.

galaxy

Network of stratocumulus clouds SW of the Canary Islands on Earth

Gemini 6 photograph of a large network of stratocumulus clouds southwest of the Canary Islands on Earth.

picture of earth

Picture of the Earth and the Moon together. Good view of the moon and Earth, picture taken in back of the Earth

earth and moon

On December 16, 1992, 8 days after its encounter with Earth, the Galileo spacecraft looked back from a distance of about 6.2 million kilometers (3.9 million miles) to capture this remarkable view of the Moon in orbit about Earth. The Moon is in the foreground; its orbital path is from left to right. At the bottom of Earth's disk, Antarctica is visible through clouds. The Moon's far side can also be seen. The shadowy indentation in the Moon's dawn terminator--the boundary between its dark and lit sides--is the South Pole-Aitken Basin, one of the largest and oldest lunar impact features.

Layers of the Earth

Good picture of the layers of the Earth.

Earth and the Sun

Picture of the Earth and the Sun

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