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NASA Captures Moon Crossing In Front Of Earth

7 Aug 2015, 00:32 UTC
NASA Captures Moon Crossing In Front Of Earth
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NASA has captured images of the far side of the moon as never seen before.

NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory, known as DSCOVR for short, has captured stunning images of the far side of the moon as it crosses in front of the Earth from 1 million miles away. The spacecraft captured the images from a gravitationally neutral point between the Earth and the sun.

The images were captured by the spacecraft’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, abbreviated EPIC, between 3:50 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 16. The images were then compiled into an animated video showing the moon transiting Earth from approximately 1 million miles away.

These images were released just one month after the DSCOVR spacecraft snapped its first photo of Earth showing the entire sunlit portion of the planet. DSCOVR will soon begin capturing daily images of the entire sunlit side of Earth. [Read more: NASA Captures 'EPIC' Image Of Earth From Space]

This animation shows the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, as it crosses in front of Earth, as seen by NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite on July 16, 2015. Image Credit: NASA / NOAA

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