Tuesday 6 December 2016

PICTURE: Europe and Africa from a million miles away in space

Published 29/07/2015 | 16:53

NASA have posted this picture of what African and Europe look like a million miles away.
Pic: Nasa
NASA have posted this picture of what African and Europe look like a million miles away. Pic: Nasa

NASA have posted this picture of what African and Europe look like a million miles away.

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Africa is "front and centre" in this image of Earth, which was taken by a NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite.

NASA have posted this picture of what African and Europe look like a million miles away.
Pic: Nasa
NASA have posted this picture of what African and Europe look like a million miles away. Pic: Nasa

The image was taken on July 6th and posted by the agency onto their website earlier today.

The image was taken some one million miles away from Earth, and is the first to be taken by NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC).

Central Europe is top of the image with the Sahara Desert in the south.

The River Nile and the Mediterranean Sea can be seen through Egypt.

Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Greece can also be seen.

Unfortunately Ireland is kept under a coat of cloud - no change there then....

Nasa say the photographic quality of the image was "generated by combining three separate images of the entire Earth taken a few minutes apart".

"The camera takes a series of 10 images using different narrowband filters -- from ultraviolet to near infrared -- to produce a variety of science products. The red, green and blue channel images are used in these Earth images."

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