Image Credit: Andrew McCarthy.

Photographer Reveals Earth’s Moon is a Multicolored Celestial Wonder

What a moonstrosity this is! Beautiful photograph made out of more than 150,000 moon images.

We’ve come across a plethora of wild, incredible, and stunning images taken by sky gazers around the globe as we witnessed the supermoon in February.

But one photographer, in particular, did what no others had thought about before. Andrew McCarthy from Sacramento snapped 50,000 images of the supermoon and combined into one massive image.

The result was a stunning, crystal clear image of Earth’s moon worth every praise.

McCarthy (known as Cosmic_Background on Instagram) didn’t use expensive equipment nor high-tech gadgets. In fact, he only used two regular cameras that he set up to photograph different parts of the moon.

Because of the technique he used, the final image is a stunning 81-megapixel piece of art.

The resulting image offered viewers to see the subtle shades of grey in a rather sharp color image. But as explained by McCarthy, the atmosphere did not allow him to obtain the “the crystal-clarity that he would have liked.”

And that’s why he didn’t stop just there.

Mr. McCarthy shared on his Instagram profile other stunning shots of Earth’s moon.

McCarthy probably outdid himself when he decided to extract the color data from more than 150,000 moon images, in order to create a photograph of the moon as no one has ever done.

The image reveals colors of minerals on the moon.


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McCarthy published the photograph both on Reddit and his Instagram profile where he explained to us how he managed to obtain the “the most avant-garde” moon shot to date.

“The color was already in that picture, hidden behind the glare of the moon’s albedo, and represents the mineral content of our moon,” explained McCarthy.

As noted by the photographer, the colorful image of the moon would be visible if human eyes were more sensitive.

“While my previous images showed you the detail you could see if your eyes were sharper, this one shows you what the moon could look like if our eyes and brain were much more sensitive to color. The blues denote high titanium content, and oranges represent low titanium content in the basalt…”

But just how did he manage to capture the moon’s color with such accuracy?


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“Because I took so many shots to average out the blurring caused by atmospheric turbulence, as well as to eliminate noise captured by the camera sensor, the accuracy of the subtle coloration of the moon was incredibly high, allowing me to apply saturation and contrast adjustments to create this moonstrosity,” the talented photographer explained.

The result is a mind-boggling mineral map of the moon, and it’s out of this world.

Luckily for us, Mr.  Mccarthy has made available a few wallpapers versions of his masterpiece which can be downloaded on the Reddit post.

If you want to go ahead and purchase the photograph, you can visit his website gallery to do so.

Written by Curiosmos

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