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NASA Released Fascinating 365-Days Worth of Earth Photos from EPIC Satellite

Jul 22, 2016 04:08 AM EDT
Earth From One Million Miles
EPIC aboard the DSCOVR satellite captured one year worth of Earth's photo from space.
(Photo : NASA via Getty Images)

The amazing view of the Earth from space doesn't seem to grow old, as the Earth continue to fascinate human beings with new footage taken from space.

Who can forget the 4K Ultra HD video of the Earth called "Home" released earlier this year? The video was shot using high-definition cameras that can yield 4K high-resolution video results. It shows astronauts working outside the ISS and the fascinating view of the predominantly blue and green planet.

But there's a new timelapse video comprised of 365 worth of photographs of Earth released by NASA for the people to enjoy. Thanks to the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) aboard the DSCOVR satellite, thousands of mind-blowing images of the Earth were captured. The video was released last Wednesday, July 20 where 3,000 photographs were stitched together to show one year of the sunlit side of the Earth.

"The spacecraft always remains between the Sun and the Earth approximately one million miles away," Jay Hurman, EPIC lead scientists said in a video. EPIC is an instrument aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAAA) DSCOVR satellite launched in 2015, and it has now recorded one full year of Earth from space. From its state-of-the-art instruments, EPIC was able to capture the changing motions as well as fixed features of the Earth including clouds, weather systems, deserts, forests and seas.

The distinct movements of clouds and land mass are visible from the video, since EPIC takes a photograph of the Earth every two hours. The movements of the clouds also show how the atmosphere helps keep the Earth cool and protected from the heat of the Sun.

But aside from producing mesmerizing images of the Earth, EPIC helps scientists to monitor vital behavior of the Earth's atmosphere, cloud height and ultraviolet reflectivity. EPIC and the DSCOVR satellite play a big role in the NOAAA's space weather and climate programs.


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