What’s that dark spot on Earth? It’s the shadow of the moon as captured from NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, aboard NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite.
While people in Southeast Asia watched the sun disappear behind the moon during this week’s full solar eclipse, the camera captured what the blackout looked like from outer space.
According to NASA:
A million miles away, NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite is the Nation’s first operational satellite in deep space. DSCOVR hovers between the sun and Earth at all times, maintaining a constant view of the sun and sun-lit side of Earth. From here, the satellite can provide advanced solar measurements and early warnings of potentially dangerous space weather events, acting as a solar storm buoy in deep space.