WATCH: NASA's terrific timelapse footage of a year on Earth from a million miles away

The video was captured by the NOAA DSCOVR probe, which sent back its first images on July 20th 2015


The earth as seen from Lagrange point 1, one million miles away [NASA]

The US space agency NASA has released a stunningly beautiful timelapse video that documents a year of the earth’s rotations. Filmed by the EPIC camera aboard the clumsily named NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite in orbit a million miles from the planet, the footage is narrated by the EPIC lead scientist Jay Herman is a charmingly understated way.

The primary mission objective on DSCOVR, which represents a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the US Air Force, is the upkeep of the United States’ real-time solar wind monitoring. The spacecraft, located at the Lagrange point 1, is perfectly caught in the balance between the gravitational pull of the earth and the sun.

From its vantage point, the craft has a picture perfect view of the planet, which makes for some very compelling timelapse footage. The images show the changing of the seasons, the shadow of the moon during the partial lunar eclipse last year, and you even learn why cloudy weather is important.

Take a look at the short video in full below:

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