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If you haven’t been to social media today, don’t. It’s just crazy people screaming at each other. I know, I know…but more than usual even.

Then this came across my feed. It is one complete orbit of the moon in high resolution, and it’s stunning. Set it to loop. I must have watched it go ’round and ’round for five minutes, a soothing meditation plopped in the middle of all the crazy.

It was cut together with slices of data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter so that it appears fully lit all the way around. It almost looks slightly 3D, which is probably a side effect of how they magicked it together.

More about how they did it here.

Cheer up, folks. The weekend is here! Some vague and fading corner of memory tells me that’s a happy time.

June 5, 2020 — 8:11 pm
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