Earth - Galileo

View of Earth showing Antarctic, Australia and India

This image from Galileo's first flyby of Earth on 12 December 1990 UT (11 December EST) shows Antarctica at the bottom, Australia to the right and India at the top. The center of the disk is at about 35 S, 255 W in the Indian Ocean. The color image was produced from 3 Galileo color images. Australia is about 3200 km (2000 miles) across. The image was taken from about 2.5 million km from Earth, 3 days after closest approach. (Galileo, P-37384)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1990-12-12 T 03:00:00
Distance/Range (km): 2500000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -37.,255.
Orbit(s): flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: clouds, water, global view
Instrument: Solid State Imaging CCD Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 800 x 800, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): .46 x .46
Filter: red, green, violet
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): 22.6
Phase Angle (deg): 35.7
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 15.2

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: GO_0005 (raw images)
NASA Image ID number: P-37384
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 89-084B-10B
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): 89-084B-10C
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Dr. David R. Williams,

Last updated: 24 September 2015