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February 10, 2009--Earth eclipses the sun as seen from the Japanese lunar probe known as Kaguya.

The above video still shows the so-called diamond ring effect, when a bead of light stands out like a gem because the the sun is slightly offset from the eclipsing object. (Read more about the eclipse and its "diamond ring".)

The Kaguya mission has been capturing high-definition images of the moon since 2007. Earlier this month the Japanese space agency released the probe's latest moon map, which shows never-before seen polar craters and reveals that the natural satellite holds less water than thought.

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—Photograph courtesy JAXA/NHK
 
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