Beautiful: 1 Year Timelapse Of Earth From A Million Miles Away

July 25, 2016


This is a one year timelapse of earth captured from a million miles away by the National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration's (NOAA) DSCOVR satellite. I watched it twice, and it looks like they were pretty thorough about Photoshopping all the alien ships out.

On July 20, 2015, NASA released to the world the first image of the sunlit side of Earth captured by the space agency's EPIC camera on NOAA's DSCOVR satellite. The camera has now recorded a full year of life on Earth from its orbit at Lagrange point 1, approximately 1 million miles from Earth, where it is balanced between the gravity of our home planet and the sun.

EPIC takes a new picture every two hours, revealing how the planet would look to human eyes, capturing the ever-changing motion of clouds and weather systems and the fixed features of Earth such as deserts, forests and the distinct blues of different seas. EPIC will allow scientists to monitor ozone and aerosol levels in Earth's atmosphere, cloud height, vegetation properties and the ultraviolet reflectivity of Earth.

What was your favorite part? Mine was the part when the earth was turning and you could see all the oceans and continents and clouds and stuff. That was pretty much the whole time. I'm gonna be honest, I was really hoping for a giant asteroid impact though. That would have been nice. "Yeah and we'd all be dead right now." Uh-huh.

Keep going for the video and try to spot your house.

Thanks again to carey, who agrees earth looks its best growing smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror of your spaceship.

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