We have received the first of the breath-taking images taken from the DSCOVR satellite positioned a million miles from Earth, at the Lagrangian 1, or “L1 point,” where the gravitational pull of the Earth and the Sun cancel each other out. As a result, the satellite orbits the Sun along with the Earth, always remaining between them, with a constant view of the fully illuminated face of Earth as it rotates.
DSCOVR is four times farther from the Earth than the moon, so on those occasions when the moon passes between the satellite and the Earth, we are able to see the “dark side” of the moon as it passes in front of the live rotating sphere of the Earth, providing an extra measure of inspiration and awe.