An astrophotographer in Sacramento, Calif., they made use of the February supermoon to create a beautiful image.
An astrophotographer in Sacramento, California, made use of the February supermoon to create a beautiful image.
Andrew McCarthy won the “color” of 150,000 pictures he took of the Moon on Feb. 19 — the day of the supermoon — to create a colorful 81-megapixel photos, according to Business Insider.
McCarthy explained on Reddit that he is “stripped of the albedo and went up the saturation, and finished with a mineral ‘map’ of the Moon.”
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“If you look closely, near the craters, you can see how the effects of adding new minerals to the surface, which reflects back different colors,” he describes.
“I found the color of my supermoon photo, and embellished,” he added on Instagram. “You can see where each effect ‘paint a new splash of color on the surface of the Moon.”
Respond to a comment, McCarthy — who works at a software company per day, according to Forbes — said the different colors shown in the photograph are due to the different minerals in the rock.”
“The blue areas are titanium-rich basalt, and the orange areas are missing, titanium and iron,” he wrote.
As of Thursday afternoon, the photo had more than 17,000 likes on the photo-sharing platform.
“It looks like a moldy tortilla,” a Reddit user wrote.
“It almost looks like a plant covered with a city,” another observed.
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McCarthy told Forbes he spent much of his time as a child looking through his father’s telescope.
“He showed me the planets and the Moon, and left me with a curiosity that is never satisfied, because,” he said. “I spend my nights outside in awe at the wonders above us, and we have just the tip of the iceberg of what I want to be able to see an image.”
Andrew McCarthy not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for additional comment on Thursday afternoon.