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A seriously amazing shot of the Moon

I don't usually post pictures of the whole Moon, because even though they can be really nice they're pretty common on the web. But every now and again one comes along that, when you click it, you stare at slack-jawed in amazement.

This is one of those times. What you see below is a tiny, tiny thumbnail of a ginormous 3900 x 4600 pixel image you have to see to believe. It's 18 megapixels of awesomeness.

More info: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/03/09/jaw-dropping-moon-mosaic/

Link to image on Flickr: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7057/6817466372_e3ed4aa781_o.jpg

[Image credit: André vd Hoeven]
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That is seriously amazing. The detail is unreal.
 
It appeared so real, almost as if you could touch it and feel the craters.
 
Footprints! I'm sure I see footprints!

No? Ok, fine, but it's still cool.
 
Enjoyed this much. Thanks for posting.
 
That's fantastic, so crisp, mine always have far too much atmospheric wobble even with video and registax.
 
My favorite thing to look at on the moon is the transition area between light and dark. The shadows give a great depth effect.
 
I look at that (the original) and I can only think, "Why aren't we there?" I has a sad.
 
Damn, won't fit my desktop properly - however, setting it to "tile" creates a very moody offset picture of the top quarter which looks amazing :)
 
Here's a 0.4 gigapixel shot of the moon - I'm hoping that Nick Risinger, who did the 5000 megapixel Photopic Sky Survey will do one of the moon, but still, 0.4 gigapixels is pretty damn good!

0.4 gigapixel shot:
http://gigapan.org/gigapans/66965

Photopic Sky Survey (which is simply jawdropping)
http://skysurvey.org/
 
was this shot from the orbit or through earths atmosphere ? this is so crystal clear and stunning sharp !
 
nice shot by you also..........................
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