WEBVTT FILE 1 00:00:00.000 --> 00:00:04.020 (music) 2 00:00:04.040 --> 00:00:08.120 (music) 3 00:00:08.140 --> 00:00:12.140 We know how the Moon looks 4 00:00:12.160 --> 00:00:16.270 from here on Earth. But what does it look like from the other side? 5 00:00:16.290 --> 00:00:20.390 Well for one thing, we can also see the Earth. 6 00:00:20.410 --> 00:00:24.430 The spinning Earth looms large in this time-lapse telescopic view, 7 00:00:24.450 --> 00:00:28.520 made possible by computer graphics. We're looking along 8 00:00:28.540 --> 00:00:32.700 the imaginary line connecting the Earth and the Moon. 9 00:00:32.720 --> 00:00:36.750 From this vantage point, the Moon will be full soon, but on Earth, 10 00:00:36.770 --> 00:00:40.870 it's a waning crescent. 11 00:00:40.890 --> 00:00:45.060 The far side of the Moon has fewer of the smooth, dark spots, 12 00:00:45.080 --> 00:00:49.150 called maria, That cover the side that faces Earth. Instead, 13 00:00:49.170 --> 00:00:53.330 the far side is covered with craters of all sizes. 14 00:00:53.350 --> 00:00:57.340 In this second 15 00:00:57.360 --> 00:01:01.370 perspective, we're much closer to the Moon, using a wide-angle lens that 16 00:01:01.390 --> 00:01:05.450 makes the distant Earth seem smaller. 17 00:01:05.470 --> 00:01:09.540 (music) 18 00:01:09.560 --> 00:01:13.650 With our view fixed on the Moon, 19 00:01:13.670 --> 00:01:17.710 the rest of the solar system seems to dance and whirl around us. 20 00:01:17.730 --> 00:01:21.780 (music) 21 00:01:21.800 --> 00:01:25.840 Before the Space Age, no one knew what was on the other side of the Moon. 22 00:01:25.860 --> 00:01:29.980 Since 2009, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter 23 00:01:30.000 --> 00:01:34.080 has been making some of the most detailed global maps of the Moon's surface, 24 00:01:34.100 --> 00:01:38.140 making it much easier for everyone to see what it's like on the 25 00:01:38.160 --> 00:01:42.150 other side. 26 00:01:42.170 --> 00:01:46.200 (beeping) 27 00:01:46.220 --> 00:01:50.290 (beeping) 28 00:01:50.310 --> 00:01:53.026 (beeping)