August 6, 2015

Epic view of the dark side of the Moon transiting the Earth as seen from a million miles away

A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month.

According to NASA the series of test images shows the fully illuminated “dark side” of the moon that is never visible from Earth.


We all need a little cosmic perspective from time to time, and this is as good as it gets. NASA has released this truly stunning GIF of the Moon passing in front of the Earth.

The image sequence offers an unprecedented look at the relationship between the two planetary objects, and also gives a detailed look at the rarely seen far side of the Moon.

The resulting GIF is so amazing that it's almost unbelievable, but the images are completely real.

The whole sequence was taken by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (or "EPIC," a wonderfully appropriate acronym) on the DSCOVR satellite that was launched in February.

If you're wondering why it looks so different from the famous "Earthrise" photo, that's because DSCOVR is located one million miles from Earth. The far side of the Moon, where Earthrise was taken from, is roughly 240,000 miles away.

Note: To me it seems surreal it is as if the images have been edited.

 

6 comments:

  1. Thats because any and all space photos from Nasa have been edited....

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    1. Its a fake picture that's most likely been photo shopped.

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  2. This is so weird as My son and I were discussing the dark side a few weeks ago and I said that NASA has had pics of the dark-side for many years already, with that said its blatantly clear that this new image is photo edited as the surface of the moon would reflect back to the camera as bright as the earth if not brighter. Also note that the earth is in focus better than the moon is in focus, even with the Moon being 700,000 miles closer to the camera. Sorry NASA no points for "dupemanship" this time. My new word for all the "A-hole-lick" Companys < another new term of mine. Anyway craps as usual...

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  3. Why are the clouds completely still? According to the rotation of earth, it is about 6 hours time so clouds definitely must change shapes and sizes. The moon is lit by the sun and it is moving directly past the earth aligned with the equator, why no eclipse? No shadow?

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  4. Maybe if they would spend more of their $19.3 billion annual budget on their fakes instead of pocketing the money, they wouldn't be so easy to spot. Wow, when are the American people going to wake up to this tomfoolery?

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