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Sneak Preview of Moon’s Dark Side

“There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark,” PinkFloyd

The dark side of the moon represent a mystery to many humans since we can never actually see it form earth because of the way the moon is tidally locked—meaning we always see the same side of the moon—to us. However, thanks to NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), we have a noteworthy picture mixed into a time-lapse.

The dark side isn’t as dark anymore, that is metaphorically speaking. Although the light remains off limits to it, we have now a very good idea what it looks like. It’s not very different from its bright side. Modern technology, will sooner or later unravel the secrets of the universe.

This all started on the 11th of February this year when a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket brought up the DISCOVR.

The camera on DISCOVR, the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), on July 16 then took several picture of the Earth while it was orbiting the earth over the Pacific Ocean.

Last month, DSCOVR project scientist Adan Szabo said that “The high quality of the EPIC images exceeded all of our expectations in resolution.” “The images clearly show desert sand structures, river systems and complex cloud patterns. There will be a huge wealth of new data for scientists to explore.”

The picture of the moon’s dark side as taken by the camera reveal a similar picture of the bright side. There’s not much difference between the two as we look at the pictures  really except that it has been perpetually dark there.

If you want more pictures of Earth as your wallpaper or other things, don’t worry. NASA plans to release pictures taken by EPIC daily starting next month. However, picture of the moon and Earth won’t be as frequent. Maybe twice a year if we’re lucky.

 

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