Moon Ruins Perfectly Good Photo of Earth by Running in Front of the Camera

Some celestial bodies are just incorrigible.

The new DSCOVR satellite has sent back another trove of images from EPIC (Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera), which moves in sync with the Earth and the Sun, a million miles away from us.

This one has a twist.

The Earth is seen making its gentle daily spin, and everything is going fine, when out of nowhere, the Moon photobombs its larger neighbor, stealing the spotlight at the center of the solar system. NASA expects this to happen about twice a year as it did in these July 16 images.

The camera is currently still in testing; next month it will begin daily monitoring of the Earth's ozone, aerosol levels, cloud cover, and vegetation. Launched in February, after a 17-year wait, DSCOVR is formally a mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and was launched to look out for solar storms that might wreak electromagnetic havoc on Earth. 

Here's the full incident in slo-mo:



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