EPIC once Again Captures Moon Crossing Earth's face

EPIC once Again Captures Moon Crossing Earth's face

A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite records a glance of the moon moving in front of the sunlit side of Earth for the second time within a year.

Adam Szabo, DSCOVR project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said it is for the second time in DSCOVR’s life that the moon moved between the spacecraft and Earth. Szabo said the project captured the event on July 5 having the same cadence and spatial resolution like that of the first 'lunar photobomb' of previous year.

The space agency’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four-megapixel CCD camera and telescope aboard the DSCOVR satellite orbiting 1 million miles from our planet has clicked the pictures.

DSCOVR has been carrying out its main mission of real-time solar wind monitoring for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from its position between the sun and Earth.

EPIC provided a steady insight of the fully illuminated Earth as it circles, giving scientific observations of ozone, vegetation, cloud height and aerosols within atmosphere. The EPIC camera have been providing scientists with series of Earth pictures letting the conduct a study of everyday variations over the entire globe.

Taken between July 4 at 11:50 pm EDT and July 5 at 3:18 am EDT, the photographs have demonstrated the moon moving over the Indian and Pacific oceans. In the pictures, the North Pole is at the top. In the past, EPIC recorded the event between 3:50 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 16 last year.


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