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The Moon in 3D

In the January’s Sky and Telescope (2005) I read an article about rendering an image of the Moon into a 3D image using Photoshop. Here’s the first results I got using this technique. The images below show just a small part of the original images. The image was shot with the Nikon Coolpix 4500. Mare Crisium looks round on this image, and near the lunar limb you can see Mare Marginis and Mare Smythii as small elongated patches of dark mare material.


After processing the image it looks like this:


Mare Crisium is not round but oval. Mare Marginis and Mare Smythii can be seen much better than on the unprocessed image. Also take notice of how different the two Maria beneath Crisium, Mare Spumans and Mare Undarum look. If you compare all the Maria on the processed image with the images in the Clementine Atlas of the Moon, you will see that the processed image gives very accurate views of the different features.

In the near future I hope to publish more of these rendered images on my website in the Solar System section. This is indeed another way to look at our moon!

Posted by Math on 02/27 at 12:52 PM
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