A beautiful image of the moon shows our nearest celestial neighbor resembling the giant ringed planet of Saturn
- The photo was taken by photographer Francisco Sojuel after a long walk
- The photo was taken just before sunrise, while the moon was in a light crescent
- Sojuel says the universe offered him a unique moment and he took it
A great image of our nearest celestial neighbor – the moon – shows that it is surrounded by clouds, resembling the ringed gas giant Saturn.
The photo was taken by photographer Francisco Sojuel after a six-mile hike to the base camp of Acetenango Volcano in Guatemala.
Capturing a new perspective of the moon, this stunning image was taken just before sunrise during the light crescent phase.
In the photo, clouds form around the moon as it is illuminated by the sun.
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The moon disguised as Saturn as clouds form rings around it, above the base camp of the Acatenango volcano, Guatemala
Around the clear night, stars shine above the mountains and lights down from small Guatemalan cities.
Sojuel, who lives in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, said it was a great moment.
“This is one of the best moments I’ve captured with the camera,” he said.
“You can express different feelings when you look at the photo.”
NASA shared the stunning image on its Astronomy Picture of the Day website – where it shows images from all over the world showing our universe.
“Why does Saturn seem so big? It doesn’t – what are depicted are foreground clouds on Earth crossing in front of the moon, ‘the space agency wrote.
The moon exhibits a light crescent-shaped phase, most of the surface of which is visible through reflected earth light known as ash glow.
This stunning image has captured a new perspective of the moon, resembling its distant neighbor Saturn
“The sun directly illuminates the brightly lit crescent moon from below, meaning the sun must be below the horizon, so the photo was taken before dawn,” NASA said.
Sojuel said it was a unique moment presented to him by the universe and is very happy with the great feedback he has received from people who see the photo.
“It also makes you wake up your imagination because it looks like a different planet and you wonder how the moon and that thin cloud managed to align.”
WHAT EVIDENCE WAS FOUND FOR WATER ON THE MOON?
A number of researchers have claimed that prospective visitors can find water on the moon, both above and below the surface or in the ground.
Such a discovery could mean that future lunar colonies could harvest water on the moon without having to take it from Earth.
They can also convert it into hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel or oxygen to breathe, scientists claim.
In February 2018, a study by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado found water in the form of OH – a more reactive relative of H2O – across the entire lunar surface.
In September 2017, experts made the first map of water and its building blocks trapped in the upper part of the lunar floor.
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.
It suggests that the interior of our natural satellite could contain a deep water reservoir.
This finding reinforces the idea that the Moon’s mantle is surprisingly watery, which could make colonizing much easier for future space exploration.