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Re: A little space navigation
From: Brad Morris
Date: 2018 Oct 7, 00:48 -0400
The orb of the Earth is illuminated, therefore we are between the orbit of the Earth and that of Venus. The Earth is illuminated over the almost all of the orb, or thereabouts, so the Sun is just about directly behind us.
From our apparent location over the Earth, we are above the ecliptic. The southern most latitude in Texas is 25.8°. This is in conflict with the first paragraph. The maximum declination of the sun is 23.45 degrees. It cannot illuminate the orb completely if the sun isn't behind us.
There isn't a star field visible behind the Earth in the image, so we cannot resolve our position along the Earth's orbit around the sun.
We cannot tell our altitude without knowing the magnification of the lens that was used to take the photo.
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