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Watch The Moon Photobomb NASA's Spectacular Shot Of Earth

It swung right into the image.

13/07/2016 12:02 AM AEST | Updated 13/07/2016 7:10 AM AEST
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The moon just took photobombing to the next level.

In rare time-lapse footage released by NASA on Monday, it’s seen passing in front of the sunlit side of the Earth just as satellite cameras are snapping away.

Watch the clip here:

Our #EPIC camera was collecting Earth data when the moon photobombed its way into the shot,” NASA posted to Twitter. The footage is now going viral.

The images were captured by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera ― a four-megapixel CCD camera and telescope which is on board the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite -- between 11:50 p.m. on July 4 and 3:18 a.m. the following day.

They were pieced together to produce the stunning time lapse, in which the moon moves over the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Due to the satellite’s orbit pattern some 1 million miles above Earth, the moon appears between it and our planet only once or twice each year. The last time it was recorded by the satellite was in July 2015.

Here’s what happened then:

The satellite primarily monitors solar winds in real time.

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