Gorgeous image of the Moon shows our closest celestial neighbor who looks like the giant ringed planet Saturn
- The image was captured by photographer Francisco Sojuel after a long walk
- It was taken just before dawn while the moon was in a slight increasing phase
- Sojuel says that the universe has given him a unique moment and he has caught it
An extraordinary image of our closest celestial neighbor – the Moon – shows him surrounded by clouds making him appear like the gas giant ringed Saturn.
He was brought by photographer Francisco Sojuel after a six-mile hike to the base camp of the Acetenango volcano in Guatemala.
This extraordinary image captured a new perspective of the Moon and was taken just before dawn during its slight crescent phase.
In the image the clouds are forming around the Moon while it is illuminated by the Sun.
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The moon disguised as Saturn as clouds form around it, above the base camp of the Acatenango volcano, in Guatemala
Around it in the clear night there are so stars that shine above the mountains and lights below from small Guatemalan cities.
Mr. Sojuel, who lives in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, said it was a fantastic moment.
“This is one of the best moments that I managed to capture with the camera,” he said.
“You can express different feelings by looking at the photograph.”
NASA shared the extraordinary image on its Astronomy Picture of the Day website – where it hosts images from all over the world showing our universe.
‘Why does Saturn look so big? Not so: what is depicted are the clouds in the foreground on Earth crossing in front of the Moon, “wrote the space agency.
‘The Moon shows a slight crescent phase with most of its surface visible by the reflected light of the Earth known as ash glow.
This extraordinary image captured a new perspective of the moon, making it appear as its distant neighbor Saturn
“The Sun directly illuminates the lunar crescent illuminated from below, which means that the Sun must be below the horizon and therefore the image was taken before sunrise,” according to NASA.
Sojuel said it was a unique moment that was presented to him by the universe and he is very happy with the fantastic feedback he received from the people who see the photo.
“It also makes your imagination wake up because it looks like another planet and makes you doubt how the moon and that subtle cloud managed to align.”
WHAT EVIDENCE WAS FOUND FOR THE WATER ON THE MOON?
Numerous researchers have said that future visitors may find water on the moon, above or below its surface or in its soil.
Such a discovery could mean that future lunar colonies could collect water on the moon without having to take it with them from Earth.
They could also convert it to hydrogen and oxygen to make missile fuel or oxygen breathe, scientists say.
In February 2018, a study found by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, in the form of OH – a more reactive relative of H2O – across the lunar surface.
In September 2017, experts created the first map of the water and its blocks trapped in the highest part of the lunar soil.
They claimed that water in this form is present almost everywhere on the lunar surface.
A separate study that month showed that the moon’s surface contains more water than we thought.
He suggests that the interior of our natural satellite may contain a deep water tank.
This discovery reinforces the idea that the lunar mantle is surprisingly rich in water, which could make it much easier to colonize it for future space exploration.