Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera
June 06, 2023
Transport of smoke Plume from Canadian wildfires over the periods of May 9 to 13 and June 3 to June 6, 2023 as detected by EPIC's UV Aerosol Index.
December 07, 2022
These images, captured by the EPIC instrument on the DSCOVR satellite, show the Earth 50 years after the famous "blue marble" photograph taken by the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. The “blue marble” photo, the first true-color image of the fully-illuminated Earth captured from space, became an iconic symbol of our planet and the environmental movement.This set of images was taken starting on December 7th, 2022, at 7:39 UTC at 15-minute intervals, with the last image being at 10:39 UTC – the same time that the original “blue marble” photo was taken. The variation in the appearance of Africa is due to the different perspectives from which the images were taken: the Apollo image was taken much closer to the Earth, at 18,000 miles, so less of the disk was visible compared to EPIC’s view from almost a million miles away.
March 21, 2022
High time cadence (20 minutes) RGB images of Earth on March 21, 2022 during the Spring equinox.
December 04, 2021
On Dec. 4, 2021, EPIC imaged a rare total solar eclipse in Antarctica from 1 million miles away. Click to see the full sized image.
February 11, 2021
On February 11th, 2021, the moon again passed between DSCOVR and the Earth. EPIC snapped these images over a period of about 3 hours. In this set, the far side of the moon, which is never seen from Earth, passes by. In the backdrop, Earth rotates over Australia and the Pacific, gradually revealing Asia.
October 02, 2020
On October 02, 2020, DSCOVR caught the moon passing behind Earth. EPIC snapped these images over a period of about 6 hours.
September 12, 2020
Visible-light and ultraviolet images show the progression of the smoke from the historic wildfires on the west coast of the United States from Sept. 9–12.
June 21, 2020
On June 21, 2020, DSCOVR EPIC captured an annular solar eclipse over Asia.
April 21, 2018
Panel 1: On April 21st, 2018, DSCOVR EPIC observed a bright glint from the smooth water surface at the Arabian Sea. Panel 2: On July 4, 2018, DSCOVR EPIC captured a sun glint from ice clouds over Mexico. Panel 3: On August 5, 2018, DSCOVR EPIC observed a sun glint from ice clouds over Thailand. Panel 4: On September 9, 2018, DSCOVR EPIC captured a sun glint from ice clouds over South Sudan. The glints appear blue on the east side and red on the west side because EPIC uses a filter wheel and captures the red component of the image slightly later than the blue component—and during the time in between, the Earth’s rotation shifts the position of the glint to the west. (See Fig. 6 at https://epic.gsfc.nasa.gov/about/epic for an image of EPIC’s filter wheel.)
August 21, 2017
On August 21st, 2017, DSCOVR EPIC captured a total solar eclipse over North America.
May 15, 2017
Parked in space a million miles from Earth, the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) onboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) captures glimmers of reflected sunlight, evidence of ice crystals in the atmosphere.
February 26, 2017
On February 26th, 2017, DSCOVR EPIC captured an annular solar eclipse over South America.
July 05, 2016
July 05, 2016. On July 5th, 2016, the moon again passed between DSCOVR and the Earth. EPIC snapped these images over a period of about 4 hours. In this set, the far side of the moon, which is never seen from Earth, passes by. In the backdrop, Earth rotates, starting with the Australia and Pacific and gradually revealing Asia and Africa.
March 15, 2016
On March 15, 2016, over a span of 5 hours, DSCOVR EPIC imaged Jupiter. This activity was done for purposes of instrument characterization, but also provides a unique view of our solar system's largest planet and its moons.
Because of the long time span and the techniques required to do the imaging, it was not possible to do regular color images. Instead, the color information was extracted from the relevant bands and applied to the 443nm (blue) channel in order to provide the colorized rendition.
Below is the labeled version of the colorized 443nm band, the original 443nm band, and the unlabeled colorized 443nm band.
March 09, 2016
A total solar eclipse starting on March 9 00:15 UTC and
ending on March 9 03:38 UTC was visible only from the South Pacific. The
DSCOVR EPIC camera was following the shadow cast by the moon on Earth during
this time from its vantage point at the Sun-Earth first Lagrange point. Note
that the total eclipse is limited to the center black area of the shadow.
The outer regions experienced a partial eclipse with a portion of the sun’s
disk always visible. Hence some surface features and clouds can be identified.
September 27, 2015
Video of the lunar occlusion event as captured by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC).
July 16, 2015
Reprocessed images and movie of the transit of the moon
in front of the full sunlit disk of Earth captured by NASA’s Earth
Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on board NOAA’s Deep Space Climate
Observatory (DSCOVR) on July 16, 2015. The transit lasted from 16:30 EDT
to 20:10 EDT. Since DSCOVR is not exactly on the Sun-Earth line, this
event is not a solar eclipse.
July 06, 2015
Reprocessed version of the first light image of North and Central America made by the DSCOVR EPIC camera on July 6, 2015. Clouds cover most of the hemisphere. The central turquoise areas are shallow seas around the Caribbean islands. The brighter circular area in the image’s center is caused by sun light reflected from the ocean surface (sun glint).