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Sun Jan 15, 2023, 06:03 PM

The moon as you've probably never seen it

Last edited Mon Jan 16, 2023, 01:31 PM - Edit history (2)



Mineral moon processing is basically upping the contrast on moon shots to bring out color you couldn't normally see. This effect highlights mineral deposits.



The blue tones reveal areas rich in ilmenite, which contains iron, titanium and oxygen, mainly titanium, while the orange and purple colors show regions relatively poor in titanium and iron. The white / gray tones refer to areas of greater exposure to sunlight



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https://www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/10ckpdo/my_sharpest_moon_image_with_over_100000_frames/

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Reply The moon as you've probably never seen it (Original post)
packman Jan 15 OP
Deuxcents Jan 15 #1
Beartracks Jan 15 #2
GreenWave Jan 15 #3
OMGWTF Jan 15 #16
TexLaProgressive Jan 16 #29
electric_blue68 Jan 16 #33
KPN Jan 15 #18
Grokenstein Jan 16 #30
KPN Jan 16 #31
ProfessorGAC Jan 15 #4
Submariner Jan 15 #5
packman Jan 15 #6
panader0 Jan 15 #7
housecat Jan 15 #9
magicarpet Jan 15 #11
JHB Jan 16 #22
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 15 #8
dmr Jan 15 #10
packman Jan 16 #28
dmr Jan 17 #37
liberalla Jan 15 #12
Joinfortmill Jan 15 #13
highplainsdem Jan 15 #14
sakabatou Jan 15 #15
Ilsa Jan 15 #17
Earth-shine Jan 16 #23
packman Jan 16 #27
whopis01 Jan 16 #19
JHB Jan 16 #20
Kid Berwyn Jan 16 #21
WestofDenver Jan 16 #24
BannonsLiver Jan 16 #34
tinrobot Jan 16 #25
PatrickforB Jan 16 #26
calimary Jan 16 #32
OverBurn Jan 16 #35
electric_blue68 Jan 16 #36

Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 06:07 PM

1. Very interesting info.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 06:07 PM

2. As Spock might say: fascinating.

That is beautiful.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 06:08 PM

3. Our moon has far more than its fair share of craters!

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Response to GreenWave (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:58 PM

16. I read somewhere that the moon has acted as a shield for the Earth from asteroids.

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Response to OMGWTF (Reply #16)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 04:53 PM

29. This side has been protected by Earth

The far side is not

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Response to TexLaProgressive (Reply #29)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 05:42 PM

33. Ohhh, never seen the other side. Poor Moon. I wonder what the darker material is on those several...

deeper craters.


Plus look a bit right and downward from the center and see the fainter "softened" bigger crater probably from all the many little craters that hit it afterwards - who's materials probably covered it's original sharper edges. My semi educated guess. 👍

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Response to GreenWave (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 08:58 PM

18. Exactly what I was thinking ... and wondering why?

Amazing image too!

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Response to KPN (Reply #18)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 05:01 PM

30. No atmosphere means no asteroids burning up before impact

They just splat like bugs on a windshield.

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Response to Grokenstein (Reply #30)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 05:30 PM

31. Wow! That's pretty straightforward -- thanks!

Mystery solved!

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 06:09 PM

4. That's Cool

That pic is awesome.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 06:21 PM

5. Coming soon to the Discovery Channel

GOLD RUSH: The Moon

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Response to Submariner (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 06:27 PM

6. Gold - maybe-

Now if it was oil- we'd be drilling tomorrow

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:01 PM

7. Is that blue hole at the top where the stem was attached?

Cool photo.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:18 PM

9. I thought it was a rotting orange

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Response to panader0 (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:20 PM

11. All the blue.... that's water....

.... just kidding....

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Response to panader0 (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 10:28 AM

22. It's Tycho crater (which, with naked eye, would be at the bottom, not top)

It's one of the younger big craters, so it has that spectacular ray system.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:15 PM

8. Yeah, right, "minerals". I know lakes and street lights when I see 'em!

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:18 PM

10. That moon is beautiful.

Do you have a link? I'd like to send it to my son.
Thanks

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Response to dmr (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 01:32 PM

28. Added source on edit

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Response to packman (Reply #28)

Tue Jan 17, 2023, 10:19 AM

37. Thank you

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:49 PM

12. Gorgeous!

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:54 PM

13. Wow!

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:56 PM

14. Beautiful!

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 07:56 PM

15. I was wondering what the brown and blue pictures of the Moon were about.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2023, 08:40 PM

17. K&R. Source please? I'd love to share this. nt

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 10:28 AM

23. Here's something similar.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #17)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 01:31 PM

27. Gave source in edit

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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 10:06 AM

19. The Sea of Tranquility is the blue region on the left

Where Apollo 11 landed.

Took me a moment because the image is upside down from what we typically see here. Looks like a Southern hemisphere view point.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 10:25 AM

20. "As you've never seen it" might be true in more ways than the stated one

It's been a long time since I've seen an inverted image of the moon. Turn the image 180 degrees, and features will correspond to what you'll see with the naked eye.

Inverted images used to be pretty common because astronomers used refracting telescopes, which flipped the image (and to flip it back you had to introduce another set of lenses, which would add a place where you might lose image quality). So inverted images were what you got from the telescope, and astronomers sketched or took photos of what they saw.

Reflecting telescopes, on the other hand, have a number of advantages over refracting telescopes, with "doesn't invert the image" being almost a side benefit. Once reflectors became more common, inverted image started looking weird, and sort of dropped out entirely.

On edit after seeing post #21: Or it was taken from the southern hemisphere. I apologize for my north-helispheric-centrism above about the naked-eye orientation.


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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 10:25 AM

21. That's how it looks like in the Southern Hemisphere

Tycho at the top.



Did someone say, “Titanium”?

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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 12:24 PM

24. This is a beautiful image but

I'd hate to think this specific imaging work was done as a prelude to commercial exploitation. The thought that occurs to me when I watch the billionaires focus on space access is 'what would regulate the imposition of some form of economic colonization'? A colonization, perhaps similar to that delivered by the 'Age of Exploration' (1500-1700), being applied to space? I'm waiting for Musk, Besos, et al. to establish a base, and then lay a claim, using

"The discovery doctrine...introduced into United States municipal law by the US Supreme Court Justice John Marshall in Johnson v. M'Intosh (1823). In Marshall's formulation of the doctrine, discovery of territory previously unknown to Europeans gave the discovering nation title to that territory against all other European nations, and this title could be perfected by possession." This text is from Wikipedia.

What's chances of us eventually seeing space wars conducted over domain? And I'm waiting for Musk to claim ownership to the specific orbital altitude at which he places his hundreds of satellites.

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Response to WestofDenver (Reply #24)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 06:08 PM

34. It's okay to just look at the picture and take it in.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 12:42 PM

25. Titanium? Oooh, I want a titanium moon bike.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 12:45 PM

26. What a phenomenal image. Thank you! n/t

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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 05:36 PM

32. Oh man... spectacular!

That should be a poster!

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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 06:09 PM

35. Where's the cheesy part?

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Response to packman (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2023, 06:17 PM

36. Baaaahahahahaaaaaaa! 😄 Can't Believe I Didn't Realize the Image was Upsidown!!...

😄 That's pretty pathetic bc since I bought my first 12xs optical zoom digital camera back in ?'09 I had the thrill of seeing the Moon with it's craters for the first time with a camera vs the few times I've seen it through other people's telescopes!

With Tycho being the amazing "rayed" crater near the very bottom!
Seen it lots of times, being still utterly fascinated w the fact that I can see that much of the Moon with just a camera. I've looked off & on until my camera went on the fritz a couple of years back!

But I wonder - when we see the moon through a telescope, or good camera - I don't see any hints of super pale colors, and I'm an artist/colorist.

Is it possible that having had the astronauts saying it's gray, plus the usual gray photos has my brain's optical center been inadvertently "unprimed" to detect them. 🤔

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