The moons are in the news! The new moons, the blue moons, the half-moons, all the moons in one seem to unfold in front of our eyes and showcase a spectacle of amazing wonders.
The US space agency has recently released a picture taken from its Deep Space Climate observatory, revealing the moon as it moves in front of the sunlit side of Earth. There it is, the dark side of the moon which is seldom visible from our planet. If you observe the images, you will see the fully illuminated celestial body, in an extremely rare set of captions.
The special name of the camera which provided scientists with the amazing pictures is basically predetermined. Epic, the acronym for Earth’s Polychromatic Imaging Camera managed to offer us the unique chance of observing what happens on the surface of things unseen.
The device is a four megapixel camera and telescope placed on the Dscovr satellite which orbits at a distance of a million miles away. The spacecraft’s job is to monitor solar winds.
EPIC provides a continuous view of the illuminated Earth as it rotates, revealing scientific observations of vegetation, ozone, cloud height and aerosols in the air.
In between jobs, experts occupy their time and minds with entertaining activities and share the outcome with the ones of us who are less privileged and still don’t have the chance to travel in outer space. The dark side of the moon was seen on 16 July, as it was moving across the Pacific Ocean, towards North America. We can accurately observe how the sunlight hits it, revealing a crater of the mysterious moon and a very large plain also known as the Mare Moscoviense.
By now, earth bound observers could only capture one side of the moon, as it is tidally locked to our planet. The image of the far side of the moon will be captured twice a year from now on, by NASA’s observatory, primarily monitoring solar winds.
The reason why spacecrafts and special devices are propelled in space to bring back footage from parallel worlds is to offer us a glimpse of infinity and offer us the opportunity to understand that we are only an infinitely small fraction of matter in the extremely vast universe. Understanding more gives us more power to comprehend all hidden truths. Truth, the sun and the moon have always set us free.
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