NASA Timelapse Shows a Year of Earth As Seen From Space


Gazing at high resolution images of Earth taken from space never gets old, but when you combine more than 3000 of them into a spinning timelapse, it becomes a next-level experience. Gizmodo recently shared a video (above) from the NASA Goddard YouTube channel that uses thousands of images taken by the EPIC camera aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's Deep Space Climate Observatory (NOAA's DSCOVR) to show what a full year on the planet looks like from approximately one million miles away.

The video features narration by Jay R. Herman, EPIC's lead scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Herman explains how the timelapse was created and gives some brief background information about the DSCOVR mission. The first image from the series was shared back in July 2015, and since then, the camera has been taking one set of photographs about every two hours as it watches the sun rise and set 13 times a day. Different color images (red, blue, and green) taken at different wavelengths are combined to form color images that Herman says are a "best estimate of what a human sitting at the location of EPIC would see."

NASA Goddard even replies to commenter questions below the video (we know, they're brave), helping to further illuminate the glorious imagery. For a more relaxing experience, sit back and listen to Herman's gentle space talk as you watch the Earth spin.

[h/t Gizmodo]

Image credit: YouTube

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