A colored mosaic of the full moon reveals blue titanic seas

A colored mosaic of the full moon reveals blue titanic seas

A bright high-resolution mosaic displays the full moon, showing slight differences in the chemical composition of the lunar surface.

Titan paints the moon in a rich blue color in the new detailed review. This high-resolution mosaic combines four panels, each of which is represented by 30 frames. All this allows you to show clear details of the surface of the earth's satellite.

Astrophotographer Miguel Claro filmed on October 25, 2018 from the Kumead Observatory in the Dark Sky Reserve (Portugal) during the Full Moon. A full-fledged image shows that the moon has a more diverse and colorful surface than is usually perceived by the human eye.

The color of the photograph (presented in red, blue and green color models) was slightly enhanced to display contrasts in the surface chemical composition. Changes in the content of minerals can create slight differences in the color of the reflected light. Blue shades visible in the “seas” indicate areas enriched with titanium. Researchers say that the presence of a titanium-rich layer is caused by the crystallization of a large-scale magmatic ocean that covered the lunar surface in the past.

Below you can see the formation in the form of white stripes that stretch along the southern highlands of the 85-km Tycho crater. To the left of the center, similar features extend from the crater of Copernicus to the Sea of ​​Rains.

NASA spacecraft also mapped the lunar surface in color to study the composition. The Galileo mission (directed to Jupiter) created a bright mosaic of false color, flying over the Earth for a gravitational maneuver in 1992, and the Clementine spacecraft provided maps of titanium and other materials in 1994.

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