What better way to observe the moon than while orbiting our planet?
Astronauts on board the International Space Station have one of the best views not only of Earth but Earth’s faithful companion the moon as well.
Now, a recent video has emerged showing the moon like many of us have never seen it before.
Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev has managed to film a unique video of Earth’s moon “vanishing” mysteriously behind the Earth during moonset, while in low orbit around Earth.
Oleg Germanovich Artemyev is a Russian Cosmonaut for the Russian Federal Space Agency. He was selected as part of the RKKE-15 Cosmonaut group in 2003.
He was a Flight engineer of Expedition 39and 40 to the International Space Station, and in 2018 he returned to space as the Commander of Soyuz MS-08.
Artemyev was a crew member in the 15-day and 105-day precursor studies of the MARS-500 program between 2007 and 2009.
The short video filmed by the Russian cosmonaut was published on a number of social networks around the globe and provides a fresh, unique, and extraordinary perspective of Earth’s satellite.
“The Moon is setting. It’s like the heartbeat,” Artemyev says while filming the rapidly moving satellite. “Now a little more and it will reach the atmosphere.”
This doesn’t mean there’s a mystery to it. In the video filmed by Artemyev, we can observe the moon gently touching our planet’s atmosphere as it ‘vanishes’ without actually reaching its edge.
This strange disappearing moon phenomenon can only be witnessed while in low orbit around Earth.
According to Artemyev, the video speed of the moon was not altered and actually represents the real-time speed of the moon, as seen from the International Space Station.
The moon seems to travel very fast because the International Space Station itself travels at a staggering 7.66 kilometers per second.
The Russian cosmonaut has filmed a number of stunning videos and images from the International Space Station.
The below image was filmed by Atemyev as the International Space Station was just above Dubai.
Video Courtesy: Oleg Artemyev: https://www.instagram.com/olegmks/
Featured Image Credit: Oleg Artemyev / Instagram