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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Watch the Moon Cross in Front of the Earth, as Seen From a Million Miles Away

As reported by The VergeWe all need a little cosmic perspective from time to time, and this is as good as it gets. NASA has released this truly stunning GIF of the Moon passing in front of the Earth.
The image sequence offers an unprecedented look at the relationship between the two planetary objects, and also gives a detailed look at the rarely seen far side of the Moon.
AN UNBELIEVABLE LOOK AT OUR MOON IN ORBIT
The resulting GIF is so amazing that it's almost unbelievable, but the images are completely real. The whole sequence was taken by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (or "EPIC," a wonderfully appropriate acronym) on the DSCOVR satellite that was launched in February.
If you're wondering why it looks so different from the famous "Earthrise" photo, that's because DSCOVR is located one million miles from Earth. The far side of the Moon, where Earthrise was taken from, is roughly 240,000 miles away. How's that for cosmic perspective?