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An EPIC View of the Moon in Earth's Orbital Embrace

As a suitably impressive follow-up to the new “blue marble” image of our world released in July, today NASA shared a gorgeous animation created from pictures captured by NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft.

As a suitably impressive follow-up to the new "blue marble" image of our world released in July, today NASA shared a gorgeous animation created from pictures captured by NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft positioned nearly a million miles (1.5 million km) away -- over four times farther than the moon.

Distant Earth: A History of 'Pale Blue Dots'

In a series of images acquired between 3:50 and 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 16, 2015, the moon can be seen passing in front of a rotating Earth, the warm gray face of its far side framed by the swirling-cloud-covered blue water of the eastern Pacific Ocean. The north pole is at the 11 o'clock position, illustrating our planet's 23.5-degree axial tilt.

Watch the video below:

"It is surprising how much brighter Earth is than the moon," said Adam Szabo, DSCOVR project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "Our planet is a truly brilliant object in dark space compared to the lunar surface."

NEWS: SpaceX Launches Space Weather Satellite DSCOVR

The individual images were taken by the high-definition EPIC instrument (yes, that's a real NASA acronym) using visible-light channels; it's how Earth and the moon would appear to our eyes were we there with DSCOVR at L1 (perhaps with a little help from a telephoto lens). DSCOVR is a partnership between NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Air Force.

L1 is a point in space about 1/100th the distance to the sun where the gravitational pulls from it and the Earth cancel each other out, allowing spacecraft to be "parked" there. Launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Feb. 11, 2015, NOAA's DSCOVR spacecraft arrived at L1 on June 8.

ANALYSIS: SpaceX Rocket's Stunning View of Our Home Planet

Designed to provide NOAA with early warnings of geomagnetic storms that could result from solar flares and CMEs, DSCOVR also carries Earth-observing instruments for NASA that will monitor ozone and aerosols in the planet's atmosphere as well as the total amount of energy received from the sun.

But it will also get some of the best views ever of our planet -- and its moon -- from space.

Source: NASA

This animation shows images of the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, as it crosses between the DISCOVR spacecraft's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera and telescope, and the Earth -- one million miles away.

This week: A special Earth Day planet pics looks at the world's largest desert, a massive iceberg on the move and a deep ocean dive where you can ride along. Pictured: California’s volcanic Mount Shasta appears nearly naked on its southern, eastern, and western slopes. Usually, California's mountains build up winter snow packs that turn them into natural water towers when the warmer weather comes. But since 2014, nature has been slow to replenish the snow, as the state has suffered through a brutal drought.

Earth Day, Plan B: Five Bold Geoengineering Plans

March 2015 was the hottest March since record-keeping began back in 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The first three months of the year were also the hottest quarter.

NEWS: 2015 Hottest Year To Date, Could Top 2014 Record

Here's an image of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, as seen from Alaska.

What Is The Aurora Borealis?

Lakes on the Mongolian Plateau have been shrinking rapidly in recent years, as a result of increased mining and farming activity in the region.

NEWS: Stolen 'Nest Of Dinosaurs' Returned To Mongolia

Iceberg B-15, which broke away from Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf in 2000, originally had a surface area of 4,250 square miles, the largest on record. Five years later, large fragments of the iceberg are still adrift.

NEWS: Underwater Drones Map Algae Beneath Antarctic Ice

Last year, 41.8 million tons of e-waste -- mostly fridges, washing machines and other domestic appliances at the end of their life -- were dumped around the world. Less than one-sixth of all e-waste was properly recycled, reports the United Nations University, the UN's educational and research branch.

Mountain of Electrical Waste Reaches New Peak

A robotic submarine deployed by the NOAA research ship

Okeanos Explorer

will stream HD video online of some unknown territory in the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The remotely-operated vehicle -- or ROV -- will continuously capture high-definition video, which the public will be able to view on

this website.

Spectacular Undersea Photos From NOAA's Okeanos Explorer

This satellite image shows filaments of phytoplankton twisting and curling in the Arabian Sea. Due to low oxygen levels in the water in recent years, a new species has taken over which is altering the aquatic food chain.

NEWS: Huge North Sea Plankton Bloom Seen From Space

Above, a uranium mine in Arlit, Niger. French nuclear power generation as well as the French nuclear weapons program are dependent on the uranium that is extracted from the mine -- more than 3,400 tons per year.


Daily Overview

, satellite imagery courtesy of Digital Globe

Rub' al Khali or The Empty Quarter is the largest sand desert in the world, covering 650,000 square kilometers in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, and the UAE.


Daily Overview

, satellite imagery courtesy of Digital Globe

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. The brilliant color combinations were caused by visitors contaminating the hot spring with coins and trash, according to multiple studies.


Daily Overview

, satellite imagery courtesy of Digital Globe

BLOG: Yellowstone Thermal Pools Colored by Pollution