Posted on December 21, 2018March 21, 2019 © 2023 by Linda Moulton Howe50 Years Ago on Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 Photographed This Earth Rise Earth photograph taken by Apollo 8 crewmember Bill Anders on Christmas Eve December 24, 1968, while in orbit around the Moon, showing the Earth rising for the third time before the Apollo 8 crew above the lunar horizon, approximately 780 kilometers from the spacecraft. Width of the photographed area at the lunar horizon is about 175 kilometers. The land visible on Earth cut by dark shadow is west Africa. From the Moon, the Earth appears to move up and down a little 1) when the orbital distance between the Moon and Earth changes; 2) libration, which is slight movement of Earth due to eccentricity of the Moon's orbit; 3) rotation of Earth while the Moon does not rotate and always has the same face toward Earth. Click here to subscribe and get instant access to read this report. Click here to check your existing subscription status. Existing members, login below: Username or E-mail Password Remember Me Forgot Password Login © 1998 - 2023 by Linda Moulton Howe.All Rights Reserved.