Ever wondered about how the dark side of the moon looks?! Well, NASA has just released the latest images which were captured by a camera onboard NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite last month. That is not all. On top of seeing the other facet of the moon, we also get to admire our own planet like never before.
Screenshot of a satellite image of the far side of the moon, captured by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) of the Discover DSCOVR spacecraft. Find the animation NASA made here.
NASA’s EPIC lived up to its name – it just gave us epic images of the moon and the Earth! As the mysterious side of the moon has thus been revealed, so has our Earth’s.
“It is surprising how much brighter Earth is than the moon,” said Adam Szabo, DSCOVR project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in a statement. “Our planet is a truly brilliant object in dark space compared to the lunar surface.”
The images were taken 1 million miles from our planet by the DSCOVR satellite that is orbiting the latter to monitor real-time solar wind. The satellite is found between the sun and the Earth to be able to give out warnings concerning the solar flare to scientists. Its camera regularly takes images of the Earth that are used for studies.
Craving for me, reader? NASA sure intends to appease all those interested: it
will post daily colour images of the Earth on a public website soon.