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Man snaps 280000 images to create one awesome image of the Moon

The man said he used two telescopes and over 2,80,000 separate images to make the full-scale snapshot of the Moon, which is over one gigapixel in size.

| Updated on: May 13 2023, 12:55 IST
5 asteroids rushing towards Earth! One to come as close as the Moon
1/5 Asteroid 2023 HV5 – Asteroid 2023 HV5, which almost 41 feet wide, will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, May 3. The asteroid is already rushing towards Earth at a speed of 32152 kilometers per hour and will pass the planet at just 435,000 kilometers, which is almost as near as the Moon!  (Pixabay)
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2/5 Asteroid 2023 HF7 – Another asteroid named Asteroid 2023 HF7 is heading for Earth and will make a close approach on May 4. This asteroid, with a size of approximately 52 feet, is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 47116 kilometers per hour. It will miss Earth at a close distance of just 638,000 million kilometers.  (Pixabay)
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3/5 Asteroid 2023 HH7 – Asteroid 2023 HH7, which is almost 88 feet wide, is heading for Earth and will make a close approach on May 4. This asteroid is heading for Earth at a blistering speed of 88314 kilometers per hour and will miss Earth by 838,000 kilometers.  (Pixabay)
4/5 Asteroid 2023 HZ4 – The biggest asteroid of the bunch, Asteroid 2023 HZ4 will make its closest approach to Earth on May 4. According to NASA, this asteroid is almost as big as an airplane with a width of 170 feet. The asteroid will come as close as 3 million kilometers near Earth and is already moving at a fearsome speed of 81916 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
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5/5 Asteroid 2006 HX57 – The fifth asteroid, with a width of almost 94 feet, is named Asteroid 2006 HX57 and will be making its closest Earth approach on May 5. It will come as close as 2.5 million kilometers, according to NASA. The asteroid is moving at a breakneck speed of 39655 kilometers per hour.  (Pixabay)
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Astounding detailed image of the Moon captured by an American astrophotographer. (Andrew McCmarty-Twiiter)

American astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy has shared an incredibly detailed image of the moon on social media. The image showcases hardened lava lakes, worm-like collapsed lava tubes, permanently shadowed valleys, and impact crater patterns on the Moon's surface.

The photograph showcases the moon's surface with exceptional clarity, revealing even the smallest features.

McCarthy explained the process behind capturing these stunning images, stating, "By using two telescopes and taking over 280,000 photos, I managed to capture the most detailed image of our moon. The full-sized image is over a gigapixel. Believe me, you'll want to zoom in on this one."

After dedicating two weeks to this attempt , McCarthy confidently presents these highly detailed lunar photographs. He jokingly warned, "If you're planning to download the full-size image, be alert: it might overload your computer. "

He had previously published photographs of the Moon compiled from over 50,000 photos to produce a composite image.

In addition to sharing the picture on Twitter, McCarthy also posted a timelapse video on his Instagram page, displaying the camera setup process for the shoot.

Besides from the Moon, McCarthy has captured Venus, nebulas, and other spectacular pictures of the universe, perfectly mixing art and science.

The moon is the only celestial body beyond Earth that humans have explored firsthand, according to NASA. As the brightest and largest object in our night sky, the moon plays a crucial role in making Earth habitable. It helps stabilize our planet's axis, resulting in a relatively stable climate. The moon's gravitational pull also generates tides, which have guided human activities for thousands of years. Scientists believe that the moon formed when a Mars-sized object collided with Earth.

Earth's moon ranks as the fifth largest among over 200 moons orbiting planets in our solar system. Referred to simply as "the moon," it received this name because people were unaware of other moons until Galileo Galilei discovered four moons orbiting Jupiter in 1610.

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First Published Date: 13 May, 12:55 IST