Where Science Meets Art

This animation features actual satellite images of the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) and telescope, and the Earth – one million miles away.

NASA frequently produces news-stopping visualizations, whether of distant worlds or of our own home planet, seen in a new light. These remarkable images come out so frequently that it’s easy to forget the science and engineering that goes on behind the scenes to bring these visualizations to life.

This year, Earth Science Week will focus on Visualizing Earth Systems. NASA invites you to come along with us to learn how visualizations are created and used by real scientists. This year’s series of blog posts will take you through some of the tough science questions that are being asked, and how visualizations are helping answer these questions.

Our line up of blog writers includes experienced NASA visualizers, scientists and educators, and all will discuss their relationship with Visualizing Earth Systems as part of their work. It’s our hope that your enjoyment of NASA’s visualizations will only increase as your appreciation grows for the beauty of the science they portray, and the communicative power they hold.

The blog posts will roll out in the weeks leading up to #ESW2015 and will continue to be released throughout Earth Science Week. Continue to check the Blogs section of the website and follow us on Twitter @NASAESW for updates.