Clementine Image Collection
Sunrise With the Planets

The Startracker imaged this spectacular shot of the sunrise, planets, and Moon. This color-enhanced image shows, from right to left, the Moon lit by the Earth, the terminator - or boundary between light and dark - into the dark side with the solar corona just rising over the limb, and the bright planets Saturn, Mars, and Mercury. Several dimmer stars can also be seen. The Startracker algorithm achieved a star match, realizing that the Sun and planets were not in the correct position to be stars, and ignored them.

This image is a part of the Image Library sponsored by The Center for Space Research - University of Texas at Austin and Texas Space Grant Consortium. It was taken from the The Naval Research Laboratory's Clementne web site.


Monday, 30-Aug-1999 21:39:42 CDT