What does the Moon really look like? The Moon is not that bright, glowing ball that “sits” in the sky going through the same pattern every month. Rather, its brightness is a mere reflection of the sun. The Moon’s surface is comprised of rich minerals that are a far cry from a bright and glowing ball.
Post processing of a Moon imaged at the right exposure levels allows astrophotographers to bring out (or exaggerate) the true colors of the moon. The blue hues are the rich titanium deposits, while the brown hues are a result of iron deposits. Check out my rendition of the Moon in its true colors!