This image from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is too cool not to share (click to enlarge):


(NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University)

NASA offers this description:

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) experiences 12 “earthrises” every day, however LROC (short for LRO Camera) is almost always busy imaging the lunar surface so only rarely does an opportunity arise such that LROC can capture a view of Earth. On Feb. 1, 2014, LRO pitched forward while approaching the moon’s north pole allowing the LROC Wide Angle Camera to capture Earth rising above Rozhdestvenskiy crater (112 miles, or 180 km, in diameter).

More information available here: LRO View of Earth

Want to see the Earth closer-up? How about in high-def? Watch the video below featuring views from the exterior of the International Space Station:

Stunning images of Earth were photographed from the exterior of the International Space Station by HDEV cameras. (Reuters)