The 100-megapixel Moon

SyFyWire, on an epic image of the moon created by artist Seán Doran:

I have seen the Moon countless times through my own telescopes in the past, and it’s never looked as breathtaking as this! Mind you, I had to shrink this shot considerably to get it to fit here; this is about 2,000 pixels wide.

And:

But then, this isn’t a single image: It’s a mosaic composed of images taken using the Wide Angle Camera (WAC) on board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA mission that has been circling the Moon since 2009.

And:

To get the correct perspective for the Moon as a globe, Doran took the images, along with altimeter data, and mapped them onto a sphere. That way features near the edge look foreshortened, as they really do when you look at the entire Moon. He also used Apollo images to make sure things lined up. So the image isn’t exactly scientifically rigorous, but it is certainly spectacular.

You can download a 16 MB version of the image here. Or go here and pan and zoom on a much larger version.

[Via Kottke.org]



  • stevekellman

    The “2,000 pixel wide version” link is actually to a 10,000-pixel-wide 15MB version. Very cool though.

  • Picollus

    The new-york panorama on gigapan.com is insanely impressive

  • James Hughes

    I wonder how they did this considering the moon is flat?

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  • Mo

    Magnificent.