NASA images reveal mysterious dark side of the moon

Moon captured passing Earth one million miles away

What's Really on the Far Side of the Moon?
Once just something imagined by Pink Floyd on their eponymous 1970s album, the mysterious dark side of the moon has now been revealed in stunning detail.

NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite, or 'DSCOVR' for short, recently captured a series of images showing the 'dark side' of the moon - a view we never have on Earth - as it passed by our fully illuminated planet.

The photographs were taken by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), which is positioned in between the Earth and the sun.

NASA said this side of the moon has a lot of craters but it does not have the dark planes we are used to seeing, which gives the moon its 'face'.

We always see the same side of the moon as its rotation takes the same amount of time as its orbit around the Earth.

More images of Earth to be posted online

The satellite, orbiting one million miles away from Earth, is designed to monitor solar winds and around twice a year, it catches the Earth and moon together.

EPIC is set to begin regular observations next month, looking at ozone, vegetation, cloud height and aerosols in the atmosphere.

However, we can also expect to get more detailed views of the Earth as NASA says it will post daily colour images to a dedicated public website, reports the Huffington Post.

This is not a first for NASA. In 2008, its Deep Impact spacecraft took similar images of the moon - but those were taken from 31 million miles away in front of only a partially illuminated Earth.