Zoom into the Moon with this Insanely High-Resolution Mosaic

Article written: 19 Apr , 2013
Updated: 30 Dec , 2015

This is beyond awesome. Use your mouse wheel or the + and buttons on this incredible interactive view of the Moon to zoom in; use your mouse to let the image take you where you want to go. Click on the button in the lower right to go full screen and you’ll feel like you are in lunar orbit.

This was created by @AstroMike247

Hat tip: Cory Schmitz

11 Responses

  1. If only it was a cool as you’re saying.

    • Bill McLaughlin says

      That was also my reaction. Nice, but not all that special. Now one made from a mosaic of LRO images, THAT would be cool!

  2. Shivam says

    Hi Nancy , I was curious that why the moon craters are shining at some places ?

  3. Tony Trenton says

    Absolutely great.

    Can this be done with the rest of the moon as well ?


  4. Brenda Jean Louise says

    Hi Nancy,

    At the Moon’s 12:20 position along the edge, and say 1000 kilometers toward the Moon’s center, located just above the white crater, there appears to be some sort of raised plateau. Curious to find out what that item is.

  5. Bill McLaughlin says is a great way to display high-res images where you want the user to be able to also view details. I use it on most of the newer astro-images on my webpage. The only problem that it has is that the default max zoom is 200% of original and the imager may not want to artificially magnify (beyond the native size). It is also free and very easy to use.

  6. Grimbold says

    Eh? Pretty slick, but nothing really spectacular.

  7. mhollis says

    Very interesting on the iPad tablet: it doesn’t really work well. I’ll be looking at the code.and wondering how to make tablets work with it.

  8. I shoot AVIs for mosaic tonigh, and it’s a lot of work – a lot of AVIs needed to cover the whole visible Moon on high resolution.

  9. there are bit of anomalies in that pic. very nice

  10. Bart Declercq says

    While a nice image, it’s not really “insane” resolution – at a rough estimate, it seems to be about 20-30 megapixel actual resolution. Not bad, but I’ve seen quite a few go significantly higher – including my own personal best:

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