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A 16-year-old Pune boy named Prathamesh Jaju shot almost 50,000 photographs, piecing them together to produce the Moon’s sharpest and most detailed image.

He edited the pictures and videos for around 40 hours, producing over 186 Gigabytes of data and nearly destroying his laptop.




By combining 50,000 pictures, a 16-year-old from Pune, Maharashtra, has produced one of the most exquisite and accurate three-dimensional depictions of the Moon.

As a self-described amateur astronomer and Astro photographer, Prathamesh Jaju said that the enormous number of photographs (more than 186GB of data) he had to analyze nearly destroyed his laptop.




After all, was said and done, the image was about 50 megapixels and was downsized for viewing on a mobile device.

The compositing technique is frequently used in photography to mix photos from several visual sources to give the impression that the entire scene is one image.


The “HDR last quarter mineral Moon,” according to Jaju. Different mineral compositions on the lunar surface were depicted by the brown and bluish-gray tones of the Moon. The incredibly high-resolution photograph makes the lunar craters obvious.

Image of the Moon




With a 1.2-megapixel ZWO ASI120MC-S (astronomy camera), Jaju could photograph about 38 panels at 1,500 mm and 3,000 mm focal length, resulting in an image over 50 megapixels large; Jaju wrote on Instagram.

He also employed a Celestron 5 Cassegrain Optical Tube Assembly (of the telescope where the optics are housed on a tripod). Jaju has also posted the picture on his Reddit page.




Several individuals praised Jaju’s efforts to construct the image in their comments on the snap.

Such a silky mixture! Superb,” exclaimed Pooja Tolia, a self-described stargazer whose Instagram page is crammed with pictures of the Moon.




“Just came across you on Reddit! The owner of the “birds.bees.trees.things” account, which features many stunning images of birds, commented on the user’s photos, “Your photos are incredible!” One week following the full Moon is when the last quarter moon appears.

It appears partially engulfed in its own shadow and partially lit by the sun. The Moon is partially lit, as seen from Earth.




The third-quarter Moon, as it is also known, rises in the middle of the night, reaches its zenith in the sky around dawn, and sets around noon.

A 16-year-old amateur astronomer took over 50,000 photographs of the Moon from Pune. After putting them together, he produced a detailed image of the Moon, the Earth’s sole natural satellite.




As a Jyotirvidya Parisanstha (JVP) member, one of the nation’s oldest astronomy organizations, Prathamesh Jaju has spent the last three to four years learning the fundamentals of astrophotography.

After his board examinations were postponed due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Class 10 student Jaju claimed he was finally able to take the time to complete the project early this month.




He used his telescope and camera to capture the Moon for around five hours and then spent another 40 hours processing the image with various software programs.

Many people might be perplexed as to why he needed to take 50,000 photos instead of just one, Jaju remarked.


Images Credits: Prathamesh Jaju

When we zoom into individual images, it frequently results in pixelation and blur. I used a mosaic technique to prevent that, which is what is known as panoramic photography in layman’s terms, the teen says.

Jaju recorded numerous moon videos at extreme magnifications, capturing even the most minor craters.




According to the Vidya Bhavan High School student, the entire panoramic Moon was rendered in detail and clarity using the 38 frames that were stitched together.

One could enlarge the image as much as one like without losing the details because the image is so clear, according to Jaju.




Jaju has been a member of the JVP for a long time and has shown a strong interest in astrophotography, according to JVP vice president Aniruddha Deshpande.

According to Deshpande, the image made by Jaju has scientific value since its many colors are indicators of mineral deposits on the lunar surface.

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