Opa! For the first time in the history of recorded so close to Earth that passeth away moon disc (Video)

Opa! For the first time in the history of recorded so close to Earth that passeth away moon disc (Video)

Opa! For the first time in the history of recorded so close to Earth that passeth away moon disc (Video)
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Little known to NASA's space telescope DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) recorded a unique and first of this kind in the history of the frame - as the Earth disc passing by the moon, the space telescope lens facing the Earth has never hidden his side.

For the moon to the Earth is turned, always in the same side. The frame is especially impressive because it illuminates the sun all the visible Earth and lunar disk.

Said space telescope DSCOVR video camera Epic (Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera) constantly snapping completely illuminated side of the Earth and provide scientific data on atmospheric ozone, vegetation, high clouds and aerosols in the atmosphere.

Next month, Epic will start regular earth observation and recording, so the telescope to Earth DSCOVR checkout globe set of photos.

The fragment length of 19 shots were recorded during the night of 16 July. on July 17., from 22:50 to 3:45 pm. Lithuanian time. At that time, the moon flew over the Pacific Ocean near the North American continent.

Earth and the moon in one frame 340 million. dollar DSCOVR captures an average of only 2 times a year.

Land north pole is visible in the upper left corner of the image, and photography can be seen in the Earth's rotation axis tilt.

On the other side of the moon (erroneously referred to as the dark side of the moon) was seen for the first time only in 1959. When it captured a Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 Later, some NASA probes other side of the moon captured high resolution.

2008. In May, NASA probe Deep Impact, a similar lunar transit of the Earth photographed from the disc 50 million. km. In addition, the 2008's in the frame of our home planet disk surrounded by darkness.

Meanwhile DSCOVR is much closer - it employs the first point of L1 from which to Earth is about 1.5 million. km. Lagrangian point - special orbital point where the person is in the body do not waste fuel or other energy to survive - at that point it keeps the forces of gravity counterweight.

On the other side of the moon is not that big dark basaltic plains known as "seas" and which is full of the Earth facing us and a visible side of the Moon. However, the other side of the moon is far more impact craters. Biggest other side of the moon surface properties of the Moscow sea
(Lat. - Mare Moscoviense) - it is seen as a dark spot in the upper left part of the lunar disk, at 10 am. - And a little below, at 8 pm.

"Unexpected see that the Earth is much brighter than the Moon, - notes DSCOVR Adam Szabo project scientist at NASA's Godard Space Flight Center. - Our planet - a true diamond in the blackness of space, even in comparison with the bright surface of the moon."