The series of images show the "dark side" of the Moon that's unable to be seen from Earth itself, but NASA’s well-positioned Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) - placed between the Sun and Earth - gives us a glimpse of this particular side of the Moon, as well as its relationship with our home planet.
The EPIC is attached to the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite, which quietly sits 1 million miles from Earth. Last month, the EPIC managed to catch the two objects between 3:50 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. EDT.
NASA explains that once the EPIC is in position and begins its regular observations, it will be able to capture the Earth and Moon together about twice a year, when the orbit of the DSCOVR satellite crosses into the orbital plane of the moon.
Today's Moon GIF comes not too long after the ESA showed the Philae Comet Lander touching down. And just last week, NASA announced the discovery of a planet very similar to our own.