‘World’s Clearest Picture Of The Moon’s Craters’ Is Captured By A Californian Astrophotographer

A photographer has taken the world’s clearest pictures of the moon’s craters by combining multiple shots of the lunar line where light meets dark.

Californian-based astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy stacked thousands of pictures together over lunar phases to show the moon’s surface in all its glory.

The lunar enthusiast took two weeks’ worth of frames of the waxing moon – as the amount of illuminated surface seen from Earth increases.

Due to a quirk of the light caused by the ‘lunar terminator’ – the line between light and dark sides of the moon – features such as craters look elongated.

Normally only a few can be seen but astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy stacked thousands of pictures together over moon phases to show it off in all its glory

In a painstaking process, McCarthy took shots of the lunar surface where the effect is most pronounced and combined them into one detailed composite.

A composite picture of the moon made up from thousands of pictures taken at different moon phases to capture every detail of the craters

The spectacular final result reveals a dazzling array of craters, dimples, and imperfections on the Earth’s 4.5 billion-year-old neighbor.

Posting to his Instagram account, Mr. McCarthy described the snap, titled ‘All Terminator’, as a ‘beast of a project’.

‘This moon might look a little funny to you, and that’s because it is an impossible scene,’ he said on his account, @cosmic_background.

Posting to Instagram, Californian-based Mr. McCarthy described the snap, titled All Terminator, as an ‘impossible scene’ 

‘From two weeks of images of the waxing moon, I took the section of the picture that has the most contrast (right before the lunar terminator where shadows are the longest), aligned, and blended them to show the rich texture across the entire surface,’ he said.

‘This was exhausting to say the least, namely because the moon doesn’t line up day over day, so each image had to be mapped to a 3D sphere and adjusted to make sure each image aligned.

McCarthy, who took the original shots using an ASI1600MM and the Celestron edgeHD 800, might repeat the process for the moon’s opposite phase.

‘I may or may not try this again for the waning phases depending on feedback,’ he said.

A composite picture of the moon made up from thousands of pictures taken at different moon phases to capture every detail of the craters

‘Always wondered what the moon would look like using images of the terminator only,’ replied ethan_roberts_astronomer02. ‘Very interesting result.’

The lunar terminator or ‘twilight zone’ is the line between light and dark side of the moon.

The sun is closer to the horizon in the terminator, creating long shadows that give the surface a three-dimensional appearance.

Posting to Instagram, Californian-based McCarthy described the snap, titled All Terminator, as an ‘impossible scene. The original shots were taken using an ASI1600MM and an edgeHD 800 (pictured)

These shadows make the moon’s surface clearer and features like craters more noticeable.

According to NASA, many craters appear near the terminator because their height makes them easier to discern there.

This is just like the line of light and dark on Earth, making shadows lengthen when the sun is low in the sky.

But unlike the Moon’s well-defined terminators, the ones on Earth appear fuzzy and diffused – leading to dawn and dusk – which is due to the differences in the atmosphere.

‘The sun’s light bounces off of each microscopic molecule of gas on the way down to us, getting scattered in the process,’ says the Old Farmers’ Almanac.

‘It’s this scattering of the sun’s light that allows us to see some that light prior to sunrise and after sunset each day.

‘The Moon has no atmosphere, so the sun’s light reaches its surface unhindered.’

Posting to social media, McCarthy told his followers that ‘this moon might look a little funny to you’

Heart Soothing Stories That Will Make You Think Someone Has Cut Onions

We often have the chance to meet good-hearted people or we encounter the sweetest moments with someone or someone who does a very good deed to us. Or just the cases of humans being just humans might inspire and elevate our spirits. Thus is this collection Today we have chosen for you all some of the most emotional cases of people who run into the sweetest situations from others or they did it themselves.

Bellow, you have all that you need to soothe your heart. I advise every one of you to grab a tissue because someone is going to cut some onions right at night. Yes us Earthwonders we are cutting onions today!

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1. For those with golden heart


My parents split when I was in first grade. My mom met my step-dad, mark when I was in second grade. We moved in with him by the time I was in 3rd we moved into his house. He treated my siblings and me as his own since day 1. He even would watch Gilmore Girls with me and my sister every afternoon. After my mom died when I was 16, Mark didn’t make us go live with our biological dad. He continued raising us as his own. He started out as my mom’s boyfriend and became my dad, my best friend, my go-to for advice.

Mark ended up working 3 jobs while having heart failure, asthma, and diabetes. He did everything he could to provide for my sister and me. He passed away 6 days before I graduated college in 2016. It’s been a few years but I still have trouble on Father’s Day. He could have ditched us when our mom died and we didn’t have enough income. But he didn’t. He was there fighting to put food on the table. Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers who fight for their children.

2. In the name of his angel brother.


3. This Little Fella After Winning First Place In A Bike Tournament


4. Important Memories On Google Maps


5. I Am Finally Cancer Free! Really Excited To Live Life To The Fullest And Have Fun Again


6. He Has Cerebral Palsy, Mitochondrial Disease, And Was In Special Education Until The 7th Grade. He Just Graduated With His Aa And Highest Honors. Pride Is An Understatement


He just received a full-ride scholarship to the school of his dreams. My son is going to rock the world as a lawyer!


7. At The Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market A Few Years Back


8. My Favorite Graduation Photo. This Woman At My Campus’ Subway Kept Me Fed For 4 Years, And When I Was Low On Money, She Came Through For Me


9. Balloon Seller’s Kind Gesture


10. This Is The Day Our Daughter Was Declared In Remission From Stage 2 Liver Cancer


11. A Year Ago I Was Depressed And Suicidal. Today Things Have Gotten Better


12. When My Grandad Passed Away My Grandmother (She Is 85) Started Learning Painting To Distract Herself. After A Year She Gave Me This Painting


13. Best Neighbours


14. Jimmy Carter an ex USA president

15. My Best Bud And I Cleaned Up A Ton Of Trash Today On Our Day Off


16. I Just Found Out That My Neighbors Tell Their Dog I’m Outside When They Want Him To Hurry Up And Get Out The Door. This Is Him Waiting For A Treat From Me


17. Had The European Championship For Wheelchair Basketball. Took The Bronze Medal, And A Ticket To The World Championships In Japan Next Year


Keep working hard lads, you’ll reach good places.

18. Don’t really have anyone to celebrate with, so I thought I’d share with you guys. I’m one year sober!


19. Random Girl At Farmer’s Market Seduces My Partner In Front Of My Very Eyes


20. In France, Peyo, A Beautiful 15-Year-Old Stallion, Often Comes To Comfort And Soothe Terminally Ill Patients At The Techer Hospital In Calais


The horse always chooses which patient he wants to see, kicking his hoof outside the door.

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