Russell Croman Astrophotography  



The Colors of the Moon

About This Photograph

Is the moon really this colorful? In a way, yes. The lunar surface actually does have quite a bit of color, although in reality it is very subtle. In this photograph, the color saturation has been enhanced to bring out the differences in the colors of the various areas of the surface. The hues are correct, just much more vivid than we usually see them.

Aside from making an interesting aesthetic presentation, the colors also give clues as to the mineralogy of the moon's surface. Also, at the sites of many impact craters we can see that deeper material exposed (and in some cases scattered) by the impact is of a different composition than the material on the surface.


Technical Details

Optics:20" f/8 RCOS Ritchey-Chrétien Cassegrain w/ Field Corrector.
Mount:Software Bisque Paramount ME.
Camera:SBIG STL-11000XM.
Filters:SBIG Standard RGB.
Dates/Times:18 April 2005.
Location:Dimension Point Observatory, Mayhill, New Mexico.
Exposure Details:LRGB = 2:4:2:4 milliseconds, two-frame mosaic.


Publication Data for this Photograph

Date Publication Type
Image of the Day
Web Site
2008-05-00 American Scientist,
May-June 2008 issue