On May 11, 2023, astrophysicist Andrew McCarthy uploaded a stunningly clear picture of the Moon. The photo, a gigapixel mosaic composed of approximately 280,000 individual shots, was taken with two telescopes. McCarthy’s description remarked on the picture’s extraordinary detail and urged readers to click on it to see it in greater detail.
With a pixel count of over a billion, the photograph provided unprecedented detail about the Moon’s surface, exceeding the usual 12–20 megapixels. This level of precision is fascinating for design fans and useful for scientists examining the lunar surface.
McCarthy, well-known for his astrophotography, recently released a similarly detailed sun shot in collaboration with an American astrograph. Incredibly detailed views of sunspots and the star’s surface set this image apart as the sharpest yet captured.