posted on Aug, 15 2008 @ 06:32 PM
Long time lurker finally jumping into the fray here. Glad to finally be a part of ATS instead of just gawking.
I could, of course, be totally off in this assumption... but I read an article recently about Earthshine, or "Planetshine" to be more accurate
(Earthshine - Wikipedia
And whaddaya know, there's a Clementine photo on the top right of this
page)... I think this natural phenomenon could be the cause of those blue tones we see scattered throughout the image. Also, the shape of craters
would be perfect at reflecting this ambient light.
I strongly suspect that the blurry streak anomalies within this photograph are due to the technicians/software combining all of those photographs to
create an overall consistency through the entire image. With factors like planetshine, sunshine and shadows and a full orbit of picture, I could only
imagine the painstaking process of making smooth levels of lighting consistent across the board.
It's a true marvel to look at images like this, and with more detailed photographs being taken by orbiters all over the solar system, I'm certain
there will be a lot of misunderstandings regarding the "other-worldly" sites we'll be seeing.
Thanks for reminding me about darling, ol' Clementine, nolany40! These images are definitely drool-worthy.
Hope this is a good, first post/contribution to ATS.