NASA’s EPIC Video Shows An Entire Year On Earth As Seen From Space

Posted: Jul 22 2016, 9:18pm CDT | by , Updated: Jul 22 2016, 9:25pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


NASA’s EPIC Video Shows an Entire Year on Earth as Seen From Space
EPIC's first image of Earth. Credit: NASA

The two-minute stunning time-lapse video has been created using thousands of images taken from EPIC over the course of one year

NASA has released a new time-lapse video showing an entire year on Earth as seen from space. The video has been created stitching together more than 3,000 images taken by Deep Space Climate Observatory’s EPIC camera over the course of a year.

NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) was launched into space in 2015 and it hovers approximately 1 million miles away from the Earth. The camera installed on satellite called Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera or EPIC snapped its first image of Earth on July 6 and has been taking incredible images ever since. 

EPIC takes a new image of the entire Earth every two hours. As the planet rotates, it captures the ever-changing motion of clouds, weather systems as well as desserts, forests and seas which are later used for scientific analysis. 

Now, after thousands of images have been taken over the year, NASA has created a stunning time-lapse video of Earth, revealing how the sunlit Earth looks from outer space and letting us view the flips and changes of the planet throughout the year in just a couple of minutes. 

DISOVR orbits Earth at a unique location called Lagrange point 1, or L1, where it is perfectly placed between the gravity of the Earth and the Sun and maintains a constant view of Earth illumined by the direct light from the Sun. 

The images taken by EPIC can help us monitor potentially dangerous space weather events such as solar storms and eruptions and also the ways to protect our planet from them. Moreover, they can help track phenomena within the planet like shifts in cloud height, aerosol levels and changes in ozone.

Source: DSCOVR Blog

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