Monday, March 25, 2013

45GB in 45 minutes


The night after my birthday party the sky was again a little foggy and additionally Moon was shining like hell, so the only option was again to picture the Moon. This time I decided to create the mosaic of the total Moon visible surface. I succeeded in 95% as you can see above :) The mosaic contains 31 single pictures that were stacked from 31 short movies of 600 frames each. 45GB of uncompressed data was collected and registered to create this single picure. The one above is resized, the original one, about 4000x4000px large (4MB) can be downloaded from here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ov6r42ez5r2qbv/moon-23.03-fin.jpg . Seeing conditions (that affect picture resolution) was not top notch, but the resulting picture is pretty detailed anyway. As you can see the closer to the terminator line, the more interesting the landscape details are. But the areas where the Sun is very high above also exposes some details, although they appear quite flat.
Sample single piece of mosaic looks like this:

Clear skies!

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