A camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured one of the most amazing images you'll see today.
On July 16th the satellite, orbiting 1 million miles away from Earth, was able to take a series of pictures of the moon moving in front of the sunlit side of Earth.
Notice this - you're viewing the fully illuminated dark side of the moon.
This is never visible to Earth.
A couple of features on this side of the moon include:
- Mare Moscoviense (upper left side)
- Tsiolkovskiy (lower left side)
The DSCOVR satellite sits between the sun and Earth.
Its primary mission is to conduct real-time solar wind monitoring for NOAA which is critical to the accuracy and lead time of space weather alerts and forecasts.
It'll start taking regular observations next month, and all images will be visible to the public within 24 to 36 hours of being acquired.
Let's cross our fingers they're all as stunning as the ones captured last month.