NASA recently released a video with commentary by Jay Herman, revealing that a time-lapse is made of thousands of satellite images. The video shows an entire year on Earth from the point of view of a million miles.
Originated from NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, otherwise called EPIC, the DSCOVR is orbiting at a cycle of 1 million miles from Earth. Moreover, it automatically snaps over dozen pictures per day.
NASA Camera Images
The images captured from the satellite’s camera are primarily used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study and keep track of changes happening to vegetation and cloud systems daily.
According to Jay Herman, EPIC lead scientist, the use of cloud cover enables researchers to discover the current temperature state of our planet. Hence, scientists should constantly monitor the changes in cloud patterns to study how warm and cool our planet is.
Running over 2 minutes and originally captured on July 6, 2015, the video with voice commentary by Jay Herman shows the round globe-like object, probably the Earth, slowly rotating till around 21 seconds.
However, after 21 seconds, the object rotates fast, and we spotted several places which are both white and brownish. We noticed the brown color in both light and dark variants when the Earth moves 36 seconds.
One Year on Earth – Seen From 1 Million Miles:
You will be able to spot both Sunrise and Sunset at around 48 seconds. However, at 48 seconds, we noticed green dot-like objects which enclose the Earth in circles. But the green circle vanishes within a few seconds, and the Earth rapidly rotates.
If you notice the video, you will know that red, green, and blue colors are combined when the video reaches one minute and 31 seconds. We noticed that the video slows down when it reaches close to 2 minutes.
The video of the Earth captured by NASA’s EPIC camera will be beneficial for researchers and scientists to analyze the nature of Earth, including accurate assessment of temperatures.
Finally, the moon’s shadow passes over our planet, which signifies that the moon itself is transitioning in front of the globe. During the next few years, the nature of Earth will change, and this video will help you keep track of the changes.