Lunar Probe Captures 119 Megapixel Color Photo of the Moon’s Surface

China’s Chang’e 5 probe landed on the surface of the moon on December 1, 2020. Less than a day later, it has sent back a short video of its descent along with an extremely high-resolution panoramic image of the surface of the moon.

The panoramic image shows the Oceanus Procellarum region of the moon where the Chinese spacecraft landed and depicts the lander and one of it’s legs in the foreground with the moon’s surface stretching out in front of it. The color photo is 15,000 x 7,947 pixels or approximately 119 megapixels in size.

The first photo that was taken on the surface of the moon also happened to be in the Oceanus Procellarum region and was captured from the Societ Luna 9 Lander in February of 1966. Comparing this image to the one from the Chang’e 5 probe beautifully illustrates how far technology has come.

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Dark energy camera snaps deepest photo yet of galactic siblings

Dark energy camera snaps deepest photo yet of galactic siblings
Deepest, widest view of the Large Magellanic Cloud from SMASH. Credit: NOIRLab

Images from the Survey of the MAgellanic Stellar History (SMASH) reveal a striking family portrait of our galactic neighbors—the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. The images represent a portion of the second data release from the deepest, most extensive survey of the Magellanic Clouds. The observations consist of roughly 4 billion measurements of 360 million objects.


A sprawling portrait of two astronomical galactic neighbors presents a new perspective on the swirls of stars, gas, and dust making up the nearby dwarf galaxies known as the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds—a pair of dwarf satellite galaxies to our Milky Way. While this isn’t the first survey to map these nearby cosmic siblings—the Survey of the MAgellanic Stellar History (SMASH) is the most extensive survey yet.

The international team of astronomers responsible for the observations used the 520-megapixel high-performance Dark

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See my rugged photo adventure along California’s coastline

California’s Lost Coast is a world of its own at the edge of the continent. Located in Humboldt County, in the far northern part of the state, this remote stretch of pristine coastline sits atop the backpacking trip bucket list. With few towns or major roads, it’s best explored via the 25-mile Lost Coast Trail that winds along black sand beaches and rocky shores.



a herd of sheep standing on top of a mountain


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A few weeks ago, I took the iPhone 12 Pro on location to the high Sierra, visiting Lake Tahoe for a wondrous 24 hours to test its camera. The results were excellent, and now Apple’s adding even more camera punch with the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Now that it’s officially on sale, let’s take a look at Apple’s latest photographic monster that’s definitely made for photographers.

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We went off the grid

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Astronomer captures 1st known photo of a meteor

On Nov. 27, 1885, an astronomer made the first known photograph of a meteor. 



a star in the middle of the night sky: Brian Emfinger took this photograph on Jan. 2, 2012, in Ozark, Arkansas. He said: The radiant is very, very close to the Quadrantid but I'm not 100% sure it is indeed a Quadrantid.


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Brian Emfinger took this photograph on Jan. 2, 2012, in Ozark, Arkansas. He said: The radiant is very, very close to the Quadrantid but I’m not 100% sure it is indeed a Quadrantid.

The picture was taken by Austro-Hungarian astronomer Ladislaus Weinek. He captured the trail of the meteor on a photographic plate in the Czech Republic. 

The meteor he captured was part of the Andromedid meteor shower. The Andromedids were associated with Biela’s Comet, which broke apart in the 1850s. 

When Weinek observed the meteor shower in 1885, it was in the middle of a meteor storm. This means that there were way more meteors than usual. Skywatchers could see thousands of meteors per hour. 

What used to be a spectacular annual meteor shower is now hardly even visible. Instead of

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iPhone 12 Pro Max camera: See my rugged photo adventure along California’s coastline

California’s Lost Coast is a world of its own at the edge of the continent. Located in Humboldt County, in the far northern part of the state, this remote stretch of pristine coastline sits atop the backpacking trip bucket list. With few towns or major roads, it’s best explored via the 25-mile Lost Coast Trail that winds along black sand beaches and rocky shores.

A few weeks ago, I took the iPhone 12 Pro on location to the high Sierra, visiting Lake Tahoe for a wondrous 24 hours to test its camera. The results were excellent, and now Apple’s adding even more camera punch with the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Now that it’s officially on sale, let’s take a look at Apple’s latest photographic monster that’s definitely made for photographers.

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7 tips for doing this year’s Christmas photo with your smartphone

The holiday season is almost upon us, and you know what that means: fun, festive family photos to share with all your friends and family! But sometimes making these magic moments happen isn’t so easy.

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Professional photographers are great, but they aren’t cheap, and booking this time of year can be difficult, too. Doing it yourself would be so much easier, and you actually have everything you need right in your pocket: your smartphone.

With beefed up resolution, multiple lenses and amazing low-light capabilities, today’s smartphones—like the latest iPhones, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy devices—can arguably do just as good a job as a pro shoot or complicated DSLR, all from the comfort of home.

Here are some helpful tips on how to get that great festive family shot using your smartphone.

1. Dress for the occasion

As a general photography rule of thumb, it’s best to dress

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NASA Hubble Snaps ‘Cosmic Cinnamon Bun’ In Andromeda Constellation [Photo]

KEY POINTS

  • NASA shared an image of a cinnamon bun-shaped galaxy snapped by the Hubble telescope
  • UGC 12588 is located 31 million light-years away in the constellation of Andromeda
  • It is considered a spiral galaxy despite its peculiar shape

NASA has shared a stunning new image of a galaxy resembling a “cosmic cinnamon bun” that lies in the constellation of Andromeda in the Northern Hemisphere.

A galaxy called UGC 12588 has a peculiar yet enticing shape in a photo snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Astronomers revealed on the NASA website that unlike most spiral galaxies, UGC 12588 doesn’t have a line of stars across its center. Neither does it boast the classic prominent spiral arm pattern usually seen in other galaxies in this category.

UGC 12588 instead is composed of a white and mostly unstructured center, making it more reminiscent of a cinnamon bun than a megastructure composed

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Pope Francis Instagram ‘Likes’ Brazilian Model’s Sexy Photo, Vatican Launches Investigation

KEY POINTS

  • Pope Francis’ Instagram account “liked” a racy photo 
  • The “like” was removed after news of the incident broke
  • A group of staffers manages the pope’s social media accounts

The Vatican has launched an investigation into Pope Francis’s Instagram account after it “liked” a racy photo of a Brazilian model. 

Natalia Garibotto, a model and influencer, had shared a post in early October that featured her in a revealing, schoolgirl-style clothing. She captioned it with a devil horn emoji, along with the line: “I can teach you a thing or two.”

Earlier this month, Pope Francis’s official account, @franciscus, was found to have “liked” Garibotto’s photo. The “like” led the model’s management company, COY Co, to repost the image on its own Instagram account Friday, saying they have “received the POPE’S OFFICIAL BLESSING.”

Garibotto, who has 2.4 million followers, also reposted a video showing that the pope’s account indeed

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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip pose in new photo to mark their 73rd wedding anniversary

The queen and Philip were married on Nov. 20, 1947.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are marking their 73rd wedding anniversary with a gift from the next generation of royals, their great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Buckingham Palace released a new photo Thursday showing the queen and Philip looking at an anniversary card made by 7-year-old George, 5-year-old Charlotte and 2-year-old Louis, the children of Prince William and Duchess Kate.

The photo was taken in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle earlier this week, according to Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, were married on Nov. 20, 1947, in Westminster Abbey in London.

In the photo, the queen is wearing the Chrysanthemum Brooch, which she also wore on her honeymoon with Philip, according to Buckingham Palace.

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HP Sprocket Smartphone Photo Printer Sale 2020 | The Strategist

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If you’re anything like us, you likely have thousands of photos on your phone that you’d love to have printed copies of, but it seems like a lot of effort. One solution is this Strategist-approved mini printer that’s currently on sale. The HP Sprocket instant photo printer links up to your smartphone via Bluetooth and makes it easy to print pictures either from your camera roll or directly from social media. On the Sprocket app, you can add frames, stickers, or even your own doodles to your photos before printing. The credit-card-sized photos print on sticky-backed paper so they’re ready to add to any craft project, an old-school letter to a friend, or to frame.

Strategist writer Karen Iorio Adelson owns a Sprocket and uses it to add photos of everyday life to her journal. “It’s compact and easy to use and has worked seamlessly for me,” she

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