The Moon from Earth As You’ve Never Seen it Before

by Nancy Atkinson on September 13, 2012

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The Morteus region on the Moon, taken from the suburbs of Paris, France. Credit: Thierry Legault. Used by permission.

Think this is an orbital view of the Moon? Guess again. Astrophotographer Thierry Legault took this image from his backyard in the suburbs of Paris, France! He’s taken a series of images of the Moon the past few nights that will blow your mind when you consider they were taken from Earth, within the confines of the metropolis of Paris (largest city in France, 5th largest in the EU, 20th largest in the world). Thierry used a Celestron C14 EdgeHD (356mm) and Skynyx2.2 camera. You definitely want to click on these images for the larger versions on Thierry’s website, and he suggests using a full-HD screen in subdued surroundings.

Additionally, Thierry also recently took images of Mercury and Uranus that include incredible detail.

Plato, Mons Pico and Montes Teneriffe as seen on Sept 8th, 2010, from the suburbs of Paris, France. Credit: Thierry Legault. Used by permission.

The clarity and detail are just tremendous. See all of Thierry’s recent lunar images at this link. He has a collection of twelve different images of various regions on the Moon and all are stunning.

Below are his images of Mercury and Uranus. In the image of Mercury, surface details are visible, and the cloud belts are even visible on the images of Uranus:

Incredibly detailed view of Mercury on August 23, 2012, as seen from Blancourt, France. Credit: Thierry Legault. Used by permission.

Uranus, as seen on September 9, 2012 from Blancourt, France. Credit: Thierry Legault. Used by permission.

Thanks, as always, to Thierry Legault for sharing his images and allowing us to post them. Check out his website: for more wonderful images and information about how he does his amazing astrophotography.


Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Orthoepy26 September 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Aqua4U September 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Always a welcome sight and never ceasing to amaze, thank you Thierry Legault! and U2 Nancy! MMmm… surface features on Mercury and clouds on Uranus! Simply fantastic views!

disqus_y8FaRLutLu September 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Photograph the moon landing sites!

Dav_Daddy September 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I agree it would be interesting to see the Apollo landing sites.

Speaking of landing sites I know it’s probably an artifact or something but what is the bright looking spot in the middle of the big crater on the upper left in the image?

NancyAtkinson September 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

It’s a “hill” in the middle of the crater, known as central uplifts that sometimes form in the center of impact craters, created from the force and dynamics of the impact. Sometimes, these uplifts can be quite large, like the huge central peaks in Tycho Crater:

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