You’ve by no means seen the moon fairly like this.
Two astrophotographers have captured a spectacular picture of the moon with a mind-blowing decision of 174 megapixels. The picture, referred to as “The Hunt for Artemis,” is a tribute to NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission, which is scheduled to launch atop the large Space Launch System megarocket on Monday (Aug. 29). The picture was taken by photographers Andrew McCarthy and Connor Matherne, each of whom shared the picture and its close-ups on Instagram this week (McCarthy is @cosmic_background (opens in new tab) whereas Matherne is @cosmic.speck (opens in new tab)).
“For this image, I teamed up with talented fellow astrophotographer @cosmic.speck to create the most ridiculously detailed moon image we could come up with,” McCarthy wrote on Instagram (opens in new tab). “The result is this 174 megapixel shot.”
“This is the highest resolution shot of the moon I have ever taken,” Matherne added on Instagram (opens in new tab). “I captured the color data while @cosmic.background captured the details. Combined, we ended up with an incredibly detailed photo of our lunar neighbor in stunning color.”
The picture is a mix of greater than 200,000 photos by McCarthy (taken from Arizona) and 50,000 by Matherne (taken from Louisiana), and took a 12 months to finish, in line with PetaPixel. McCarthy mentioned Matherne, who specializes is area colours, was answerable for the superb hues seen within the picture.
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“The color in this image is real, but presented with increased saturation so it is easily visible to our eyes,” McCarthy wrote on Reddit (opens in new tab). “The reddish tones demonstrate areas rich in iron and feldspar, while the bluish areas are spots where the regolith is rich in titanium. Oxidation from the Earth’s atmosphere makes the colors appear like they do.”
McCarthy wrote that the picture is devoted to NASA and the groups behind the Artemis 1 mission, NASA’s first uncrewed take a look at flight that can launch an Orion spacecraft across the moon on the model new Space Launch System.
“In 9 days, a human-rated lunar rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, demonstrating our capability for manned lunar missions for the first time in 50 years,” McCarthy wrote in his Instagram.
Artemis 1 is the debut flight for NASA’s Artemis program, which goals to return astronauts to the moon by 2025. It will fly a 42-day mission that can take it to the moon, enter lunar orbit after which return to Earth in early October. While the mission is uncrewed, it’s carrying experiments to check the area radiation atmosphere on astronauts forward of NASA’s crewed Artemis 2 flight across the moon in 2024.
The mission can be carrying 10 small cubesats to check the moon, area know-how and the photo voltaic system. They will likely be deployed from the Space Launch System rocket’s higher stage after it reaches area.
You can observe Space.com’s mission protection with our Artemis 1 stay updates web page. Tune in for a stay Artemis 1 webcast on Aug. 29 to observe the launch. Liftoff is ready for 8:33 a.m. EDT (1233 GMT), with NASA’s webcast to start at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT).
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