Messenger looks back at Earth and Moon: we can use GoogleSky

The MESSENGER spacecraft, while working its way to Mercury, decided to look back at our planet and our moon.

I solved this image using Astrometry.net, which has also added annotations about bright stars nearby. Here's the KMZ file for viewing this in GoogleSky. Earth and Moon are marked.

Earth and Moon from 183 Million kilometers. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington. Annotations and KMZ by Astrometry.net

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