Date: March 27th, 2023
Exposure: 9 x .05 seconds
About This Image
Telescope: Sky-Watcher Equinox 120ED
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Camera: Player One Poseidon-C Pro
Filter: IDAS LPS-D3 2"
Accessories: ESATTO 2" Focuser • Hotech 2" SCA FF
Software: Photoshop • PixInsight • TheSkyX • Starkeeper Voyager
The moon, Earth's closest neighbor in space, is a fascinating celestial body that has captured the imagination of humans for millennia. With a diameter of 3,476 kilometers, it is the fifth largest moon in the solar system and the largest relative to the size of its host planet. Despite being about one-quarter the size of Earth, the moon is actually relatively large compared to other moons in the solar system. It orbits our planet at an average distance of about 384,400 kilometers, and its gravitational influence on Earth causes tides in our oceans.
Despite being a constant presence in the night sky, the moon still holds many mysteries that have yet to be fully understood. One such mystery is how it was formed. The leading theory is that the moon was created when a Mars-sized object collided with Earth about 4.5 billion years ago, sending debris into space that eventually coalesced into the moon. The moon's size and distance also make it an ideal target for scientific exploration, and several countries have sent missions to study it up close. From the first manned moon landing in 1969 to current plans for a return to the lunar surface, the moon continues to capture the imagination of people around the world.
Distance: 384,400 Kilometers
Size: 3,476 Kilometers