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Photographer Creates 'Impossible' Image Of The Moon's Surface

Photographer Creates 'Impossible' Image Of The Moon's Surface

A photographer has created an image of the moon that has never been seen before.

Using thousands of photographs taken over a couple of weeks, astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy built a composite picture, showing the incredible depth of the Moon's surface.

The California-based snapper posted the super-clear pic to his Instagram account. Titled 'All Terminator', Andrew described it as an 'impossible scene'.

He wrote: "This moon might look a little funny to you, and that's because it is an impossible scene.

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"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.

Andrew spent two weeks creating this incredible image. Credit: SWNS
Andrew spent two weeks creating this incredible image. Credit: SWNS

"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."

'Lunar terminator' is the term used to describe the line between the light and dark side of the moon.

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The sun creates larger and longer shadows in the terminator, which help give the image a three-dimensional appearance.

They also make the moon's surface much clearer, giving the craters much more focus and making them more prominent in the photo.

The California-based snapper used thousands of photos to create one detailed image. Credit: SWNS
The California-based snapper used thousands of photos to create one detailed image. Credit: SWNS

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Sadly, Andrew's photo couldn't shed on any more light on claims made last week that there were cities on the moon.

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Self-styled UFO and alien hunter Scott C Waring claims he's seen proof that aliens not only exist but also that they're on the moon.

On his website, The ET Database, he shared what he calls '100% Indisputable Proof' of 'alien cities'.

Waring says he was looking at some detailed images that 'partially reveal the dark side of the moon, or almost dark side because Earth cannot view this part of the moon, but a little sun light does hit part of it'.

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He continued: "The white dots, which so many inexperienced people have called photo flaws, are real. My proof is the shadow. Look at the shadow covering them."

He then added: "You will notice like I did that there is some unusual formations of white dots. These are evenly spaced apart and stay close to one another. That is because you are looking at cities on the moon."

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Waring goes on to say he has identified 'three types of building', with metallic ones, white ceramic buildings and 'dark buildings'.

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Topics: Science, Interesting, US News

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]