24th Century Moon with City Lights

Moon with City Lights

Crescent Moon with City Lights

One thing that I can’t quite get over having been born in the 20th century is how the Moon has city lights in the future. I will time and time again catch myself looking up at the Moon and thinking, “Wow! Look at the city lights.”

You can just make them out in this photograph that I took while camping. I had to go for a long exposure so that you could see the lights, and this led to some purple fringing around the bright daylit region on the eastern limb. You can clearly make out Tycho City in the south, as well as the sister cities of Copernicus and Aristarchus. Some of the mining outposts in the southwest and the western edge of the Sea of Tranquility are also just barely visible.

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