Watch the Moon Pass in Front of the Earth from A Million Miles Away
NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured this stunning clip of the moon passing in front of the Earth from over one million miles away. The footage was filmed between 3:50 p.m. ET and 8:45 p.m. ET on July 16 and shows the moon moving over the Pacific Ocean near North America with the North Pole in the upper-left corner.
This isn't the first set of images from DSCOVR. Last month it sent a new "blue marble" portrait of the planet and NASA says we can expect images of the Earth and moon together about twice a year. In the clip above, we're seeing the so-called "dark side" of the moon, which is never visible from Earth.
“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 Greenbelt, Maryland, in a statement. "Our planet is a truly brilliant object in dark space compared to the lunar surface.”