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Watch NASA's Time Lapse of One Year on Earth Taken From Space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly in space
Expedition 44 flight engineer and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly inside the Cupola, a special module which provides a 360-degree viewing of the Earth and the International Space Station, in space, July 12, 2015. NASA/Getty

NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) has captured one year’s worth of images of Earth from its position in space between the Earth and the sun, on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite. NASA compiled 3,000 of these images into a time-lapse video and released it on Wednesday, July 20.

EPIC takes a photo every two hours, revealing how the planet would look to human eyes each time. The time-lapse also shows the moon’s shadow passing over the Earth during a March 2016 solar eclipse.

According to NASA, EPIC will allow scientists to monitor ozone and aerosol levels in Earth’s atmosphere, as well as cloud height, vegetation properties and the UV reflectivity of Earth.