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The Moon

The Moon
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-18
Categories: Sky
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-29 0:48
Viewed: 1636
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This article is about Earth's Moon. For moons in general, see Natural satellite. For other uses, see Moon (disambiguation).
The Moon
The Moon just past full as seen from Earth's northern hemisphere
The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth,[nb 4] and the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System. It is the largest natural satellite of a planet in the Solar System relative to the size of its primary, having a quarter the diameter of Earth and 1⁄81 its mass.[nb 5] The Moon is the second densest satellite after Io, a satellite of Jupiter. It is in synchronous rotation with Earth, always showing the same face; the near side is marked with dark volcanic maria among the bright ancient crustal highlands and prominent impact craters. It is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, although its surface is actually very dark, with a similar reflectance to coal. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art and mythology. The Moon's gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and the minute lengthening of the day. The Moon's current orbital distance, about thirty times the diameter of the Earth, causes it to appear almost the same size in the sky as the Sun, allowing it to cover the Sun nearly precisely in total solar eclipses.
The Moon is the only celestial body on which humans have landed. While the Soviet Union's Luna programme was the first to reach the Moon with unmanned spacecraft in 1959, the United States' NASA Apollo program achieved the only manned missions to date, beginning with the first manned lunar orbiting mission by Apollo 8 in 1968, and six manned lunar landings between 1969 and 1972—the first being Apollo 11. These missions returned over 380 kg of lunar rocks, which have been used to develop a detailed geological understanding of the Moon's origins (it is thought to have formed some 4.5 billion years ago in a giant impact event involving Earth), the formation of its internal structure, and its subsequent history.
After the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, the Moon has been visited only by unmanned spacecraft, notably by the final Soviet Lunokhod rover. Since 2004, Japan, China, India, the United States, and the European Space Agency have each sent lunar orbiters. These spacecraft have contributed to confirming the discovery of lunar water ice in permanently shadowed craters at the poles and bound into the lunar regolith. Future manned missions to the Moon have been planned, including government as well as privately funded efforts. The Moon remains, under the Outer Space Treaty, free to all nations to explore for peaceful purposes.(Wikipedia)

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Hello Siggi
Impressive capture with very nice details and exceptional sharpness.I love the excellent clarity and perfect focus.
Have a nice weekend!

Ciao Sigi, fantastic moon, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful details, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Siggi
great details on your moon and great note
I am not convinced about the statement color picture though ;-)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-29 1:54]

Hi Siggi,a classic pic and an excellent light balance,good sharpness,not the top but good,have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-29 3:34]

Hello Siegfried,
really lovely to see this detailed moon. it looks like a piece of glass balls.
well composed and its a beautiful one.


wow siggi, you capture EVERYTHING so well, next will it be the stars? :0) love it

Ciao Siegfried.
Complimenti per l’eccellente nitidezza,con dei stupendi particolari in evidenza,
ottima la composizione.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Ciao Siegfrieg. Excellent sharp and details in the fascinating taken.


one of the nice picture of MOON in great detail, many of us taking picture of this celestial body, but it is always tempted us to take photograph of Moon again and again.

Czesc Siggi,
niesamowite zdjecie. Tak czesto widzimy ksiezyc, ale niekoniecznie na zdjeciu. Super ostrosc.
Musze kiedys sprobowac zrobic cos takiego.
Udanej niedzieli,

Interesting photo showing the moon with great detail.
Good exposure and composition.
Nice to see such a fine photo.
regards yiannis

hello Siegfried
very nice picture with good details and great sharpness
thanks greeting lou

Hello Siggi,
This is beautiful moon shot with details of the craters. Lovely exposure control against the muted dark sky.
Thanks and have a great week ahead,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2012-01-29 21:32]

Hi Siggi

Well caught - lovely detail. Great technique.

Best wishes


Impressive photo Siggi! Very good composition and great sharpness.

Hello Siggi,
A very nice picture of the Moon, great details sharpness, very well exposure and good composition, a very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

impressive subject, very fine performance!
regards Siggi

Hello Siegfried
Impressive sharpness on this moon shot!
Best regards

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