With a NASA camera one million miles away, we can finally see the dark side of the moon
Images taken from the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), located a million miles from Earth, show the moon crossing the surface of our planet in daytime. Since the photos show the moon as it's superimposed over the Earth, what we are seeing in the images is the "dark side" of the moon, which we can never see from Earth.
The images, taken on July 16th, show the moon moving over the Pacific Ocean from 3:50 pm to 8:45 pm, EDT.
The DSCOVR satellite is located one million miles away from Earth, between the Earth and the Sun. From this position, the camera on board, a four megapixel CCD camera and telescope call EPIC, will keep watch over our Earth's climate and weather systems from afar.
Facts about the dark side of the moon:
The far side of the moon was fist seen in 1959, by the Soviet Luna 3 spacecraft.
A similar view of the moon passing over the Earth was captured by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft from 31 million miles away in 2008.
Psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd named their hit 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon.