Watch: A year on Earth, from space

Watch: A year on Earth, from space

NASA has released a timelapse video showing a year in the life of our planet.

The video's made up of more than 3000 images taken by the EPIC camera on board the satellite DSCOVER, parked in space between the Earth and the sun.

From 1.6 million kilometres away, the Earth's weather patterns are clearly visible. DSCOVER belongs to the United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is designed to monitor Earth's climate and weather patterns.

It was the brainchild of former presidential candidate and climate activist Al Gore, and launched in February last year nearly two decades after he proposed it.

The timelapse begins in July last year. In March, you can clearly see the shadow of the moon cross the globe during a solar eclipse.

The satellite sits at what's known as a lagrange point - a spot in space where the gravity between two large bodies cancels each other out, in this case the sun and Earth. It's a little more complicated than that, but it means it's able to maintain a relative position in regards to Earth and the sun, orbiting with us but appearing to stay in the same place.

EPIC records on 10 different wavelengths, and three of them - red, green and blue - are combined to make the true colour images used in the timelapse.