DSCOVR:EPIC — Deep Space Climate Observatory

earthOn Monday October 19, 2015, NASA told us about a satellite camera that will take pictures of the Earth from 1 million miles away every day and the images will be made available for all of us to see on their new website .

The camera is mounted on the satellite called Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Air Force. Its primary mission,
according to NOAA, is to “maintain the nation’s real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities, which are critical to the accuracy and lead time of space weather alerts and forecasts from NOAA.”

The DSCOVR satellite performs important meteorological duties too, but NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), which will snap at least a dozen color images of the earth as it rotates, is stealing the show.  According to NOAA, each daily sequence of images will reveal “the whole globe over the course of a day.” Image sequences from previous days will also be archived on the site and can be searched by date and continent.

The satellite is always located between the Sun and the Earth, so the pictures are always “in the sun”. Of course, it might be cloudy here on Earth, but the pictures will still be good!

Be sure to check out these amazing images at epic.gsfc.nasa.gov. The almost realtime pics even include a changing diagram that shows where the satellite is in relation to the Sun and the Earth.

This NASA/NOAA site is well worth your time.

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