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Earth And Comet Pan-Starrs Pictured From 100 Million Miles Away (PHOTOS)

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A Nasa spacecraft has captured an incredible image of the Earth from more than 100 million miles away.

Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory B (Stereo-B) is currently located between the Sun and the Earth, with an excellent view of the Comet Pan-Starrs which lit up northern skies last month.

On 13 March it captured a photo of the comet and the Earth with its Heliospheric imager, which is usually focused on the Sun in order to monitor space weather and learn about our star's composition.

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The comet was about 0.3 Astronomical Units (AU, or 93 million miles) from the Sun at the time of the picture, and about 1.1 AU from the Earth.

The comet is the bright, wide cone in the middle of the image. Earth can be seen just to the right of that.

While it is not the furthest distance from which Earth has been pictured - that honour belong's to Voyager's famous Pale Blue Dot - it's a startling picture of our world and the massive distances involved in travel even within our solar system.

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