Video of the Day: Breathtaking look at the moon crossing Earth from a million miles away

NASA scientists are privy to some spectacular images and videos. Just the other day, the agency released a video captured last month by a NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth. The series of test images shows the fully illuminated “dark side” of the moon that is never visible from Earth.

This animation features actual satellite images of the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) and telescope, and the Earth from a million miles away.
(Video Credits: NASA/NOAA)

The EPIC telescope has a constant view of the fully illuminated Earth as it rotates and provides researchers with observations of ozone, vegetation, cloud height and aerosols in the atmosphere. Next month, EPIC will being even more consistent observations that will include Earth images so scientists can study the entire planet.

About twice a year the camera will capture the moon and Earth together as the orbit of DSCOVR crosses the orbital plane of the moon.

The compiled images were taken between 3:50 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 16 and portray the moon moving over the Pacific Ocean near North America.

Learn more at NASA.


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