NASA's DSCOVR Spacecraft Snapped These Photos of the Moon's Transit

 - Aug 7, 2015
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NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft captured these rare and spectacular photos of the moon transiting across the Earth's disk. The images show the so-called dark side of the moon from a novel and fascinating angle.

The images were captured using DSCOVR's 4-megapixel Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera. Seeing as how the opportunity to shoot the Earth and the moon together only comes around twice a year, these photos are truly impressive and rare.

The photos snapped by DSCOVR show that there is a lot more to the moon than our impression of it. Since the moon is tidally locked with the Earth, we only ever see the same side of it. However, these photos show the comparatively bare rear end of the moon, and portray the Earth as being truly bright and brilliant compared to the surface of the moon.