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The Moon Passing in Front of the Earth, As Seen from 1 Million Miles Away


Last month, NASA shared the first full photo of Earth captured with its new DSCOVR camera that’s floating 1 million miles away. Today it released another amazing series of shots, with this one showing the moon floating across the face of the Earth. The 20-second video above strings a number of the pictures together.

Although DSCOVR is shooting and sharing photos of Earth on a daily basis, this view of the Earth and the Moon together only happens twice a year due to the orbits of the Moon and the DSCOVR satellite.


An interesting thing about this photo is that it shows the far side of the moon — the side that always faces away from the Earth. This side wasn’t seen until 1959, when the Soviet Union photographed it with its Luna 3 spacecraft.

Image credits: Video and photograph by NASA/NOAA