New NASA Website Shows Daily EPIC Views Of Earth

Posted: Oct 20 2015, 10:11pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

New NASA Website Shows Daily EPIC Views of Earth
Earth rotates through an entire day as captured in this animation of 22 still images taken on Sept. 17, 2015 by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft./ Credits: NASA
  • Regular Updates of Blue Marble Pics of Earth Now Available on New NASA Website

Now regular updates on pics of earth will be shown on a novel NASA Internet site. The images are taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera one million miles away on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).

On Monday, NASA laid the foundations of a new website. It will be broadcasting live transmissions of the visible side of the planet earth all day long. The observatory known as DSCOVR will be taking these images and sending them to earth for the knowledge and information of human beings.

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) has been made possible thanks to a joint agreement between NASA, NOAA and the US Air Force.

At least once in the time period of 24 hours, NASA will post a dozen pictures of our big blue marble of a planet. These are taken many hours before. These pics will form a tapestry that will reveal the marvelous rotation of the earth during its usual 24 hours.

There are also many more images available on the website for the sake of those interested in the universe and astronomy. The main mission is the overseeing of the solar wind.

This will lead to regular alerts and prompts from NOAA. Different conditions on earth such as plant growth, the ozone hole, CFCs and cloud elevation will be portrayed for the information of those who frequent the site.

EPIC which will take the photographs is a four megapixel CCD camera and telescope. The photos are created by using three separate color images which combine to give the ones which reach us humans here on earth.

The resolution of the camera is about 6.2 and 9.4 miles. The images of the earth are very brilliant. The stars in the background thus cannot be seen. And the exposure has to be brief too due to the brightly-lit earth.

"The effective resolution of the DSCOVR EPIC camera is somewhere between 6.2 and 9.4 miles (10 and 15 kilometers)," said Adam Szabo, DSCOVR project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland in a statement.

The earth is our home and it has been termed spaceship earth to lend us some insight into how precious and valuable an entity it is. Without the earth we humans will have nowhere to turn to. These images of earth will go a long way towards reminding us of the safe and secure planet with the blue atmosphere that harbors life in the universe.

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