The moon, earth’s natural satellite, is a highly sought after target for night sky observing and imaging. When viewed with even a small telescope or telephoto lens, the moon’s surface appears to be riddled with many beautiful craters, ridges and mineralized deposits. These features of our lunar satellite makes for great and memorable imaging that gives the viewer the opportunity to “touch” the moon. While the moon appears to be well lit and bright from earth, this is not a true image of what its surface really looks like. The lunar surface is actually dull in appearance with rich colors from mineral deposits and dust. Several techniques have been developed to capture and bring out the true colors of the moon. For more technical information on the moon, be sure to check out

The Lunar Series presents the true color of the moon in its various phases. Let us continue on this journey to experience an amazing sky with this ever present and beautiful target.

Phases of the Moon © Drexel Glasgow