12 Jul Watch the Moon crossing in front of Earth
Here’s something you don’t get to see everyday: the Moon crossing in front of the Sun lit face of the Earth, captured by a four megapixel CCD camera installed on a Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite. This is the second time this year the “Dark Side” of the Moon (or more accurately name the “far side”) was captured moving in between the camera and the Earth, which orbits at 1 million miles from our planet.
NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera maintains a constantly lit view of our planet, providing a multitude of “scientific observations of ozone, vegetation, cloud height and aerosols in the atmosphere“, including pictures of Earth like these.
The last time EPIC had captured a similar event “was between 3:50 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 16, 2015“. The latest images were taken “taken between July 4 at 11:50 p.m. EDT and July 5 at 3:18 a.m. EDT (0350 UTC and 0718 UTC on July 5)“.
Here’s a schematic of how the DSCOVR satellite is positioned in orbit.
Source: NASA, 11/07/2016