In most of the pictures we see, we are used to seeing the white/grey moon. But it turns out that Andrew McCarthy, a Sacramento photographer, has managed to go much further, according to Peta Pixel. Equipped with an 81 megapixel very high-resolution camera, he captured thousands of shots of the previous supermoon, in order to compile them, rework them and then reveal a new way of seeing the moon.
The results seem to have been obtained with expensive equipment, but the astrophotography enthusiast actually used relatively inexpensive equipment to capture and combine some 50,000 photos in Photoshop and imaging software called AutoStakkert ! As beautiful and amazing as his images are, McCarthy took the next step when he extracted color data from 150,000 images of the moon to create an image of the moon like you’ve never seen it before. Colours reveal minerals on the lunar surface McCarthy posted the images on Reddit, where he explained how he created “the most avant-garde moon shot” to date.
“The colors were already in the images, hidden behind the glare of the moon’s albedo, and represents the mineral content of our moon,” McCarthy wrote.
The photographer explains that the coloured image, is what the moon would look like if our eyes were more sensitive.
“While my previous images showed you the details 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 indicate a high titanium content, and the orange represents a low titanium content in the basalt”, he continued.
Then he explained how he was able to accurately capture the colors of the moon.
“I took so many pictures to compensate for the blur caused by atmospheric turbulence and to eliminate the noise captured by the camera’s sensor, that the precision of the subtle coloration of the moon was incredibly high, allowing me to apply saturation and contrast adjustments to create this structural moon,” he wrote.
The “Mineral Map of the Moon” is spectacular. All images in this article come from the Instagram account of Andrew McCarthy.


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