NASA sharing spectacular photos of Earth — here’s why

NASA sharing spectacular photos of Earth — here’s why

Amazing images from a satellite a million miles from the Earth will be posted every day.

A satellite located a million miles from the surface of the Earth is snapping some stunning images of the Earth, and NASA plans to release these pictures every single day on its website.

At least 12 new color images of Earth will be posted every day from NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), according to a Live Science report.

A statement posted on NASA’s website indicates that these images will “show the Earth as it rotates, thus revealing the whole globe over the course of a day.” In addition, you’ll be able to view past EPIC images based on what the date is and the continent you want to see.

The EPIC telescope and camera can snap 10 images in a row in a number of wavelengths, from ultraviolet to near-infrared. The exposures are very short, no more than 100 milliseconds long, which is necessary because the Earth is so bright against the infinite blackness beyond it. That’s why you won’t see any stars in the image.

DSCOVR’s purpose is a lot bigger than to just provide pretty pictures of our home planet. Its main purpose is to monitor solar wind, which is streams of particles blasted out from the sun that collides with Earth, creating geomagnetic storms that both disrupt satellites and cause the famous “Northern Lights.”

These images are more than just for curiosity’s sake. The images of Earth will let scientists monitor changes on the Earth, including cloud height, vegetation, and ozone.

NASA released a statement on its plans to release images from EPIC on its website, which can be found here.

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