DSCOVR Observations

Observations by the Deep Space Climate Observer

The Deep Space Climate Observer (DSCOVR) is a joint mission between NASA and NOAA. Launched on February 11, 2015 by a Space-X Falcon 9 rocket, its mission is to provide round the clock images of the full Earth, and to provide space weather data.

On August 17, 2017 it will be in position to view the total solar eclipse in the same way that it did  the total solar eclipse of 2016.

On March 9, 2016, the spacecraft took this picture of the moon’s shadow racing across New Zealand. For more eclipse shadow pictures visit http://epic.gsfc.nasa.gov   


March 9, 2016 lunar shadow
Credit: NOAA / DSCOVR

For an animation of the 2016 eclipse visit http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=87675

The animation was assembled from 13 images acquired on March 9, 2016, by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four-megapixel charge-coupled device (CCD) and Cassegrain telescope on the DSCOVR satellite. The satellite normally collects images at all ten wavelengths about once every 108 minutes (with just one image at full resolution). For this eclipse, the EPIC team collected full-resolution images every 20 minutes on just the red, green, and blue channels. This allowed the satellite to collect 13 images spanning the entire four hours and twenty minutes of the eclipse.

In this, the only total solar eclipse of 2016, the shadow of the new Moon starts crossing the Indian Ocean and marches past Indonesia and Australia into the open waters and islands of Oceania (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia) and the Pacific Ocean. Note how the shadow moves in the same direction as Earth rotates. The bright spot in the center of each disk is sun glint—the reflection of sunlight directly back at the EPIC camera.