Andrew McCarthy and Connor Matern spent two years creating a strikingly detailed and colorful image of the Moon. The 174-megapixel image, showing in detail the colors, craters and glow of the Moon, was created by the joint efforts of two talented astrophotographers.
McCarthy specializes in detailed photographs, while Matern is a master of image processing. Having connected via social networks, the couple decided to take a picture of the full moon. McCarthy took more than 200,000 photos of the Earth’s only natural moon from Arizona, while Matern used an additional 500 photos to make color corrections.
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“The color in this image is real, but it is presented with increased saturation, so it is easy to catch it with our eye. Red tones show areas rich in iron and feldspar, and blue areas are spots where regolith is rich in titanium,” McCarthy explains in a post on Reddit.
The duo named their piece “The Hunt for Artemis” as a tribute to the Artemis I mission, which will launch in the coming days from Cape Canaveral in Florida. This mission will include launching a huge NASA SLS rocket, as well as sending the Orion spacecraft into orbit of the Moon and returning it back.
The creative couple tells PetaPixel that all you need to start doing astrophotography is “a camera, a tripod and a device for tracking stars”. Other works by McCarthy and Matern can be found on their Instagram pages.
Earlier we reported on how the LRO mission created a mosaic of the Moon.
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