The real dark side of the moon...

Blender3D Space posted on Sep 01, 2021

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...well of course, it's all dark some of the time, so it's not so much the dark side as some of the dark places. This is a simulated time lapse of the moon over a single Lunar day, roughly twenty-eight days on Earth. The view takes in the south pole and the surrounding areas, where in some of the craters the sunlight never reaches the surface. Can you spot which areas are always in darkness? In these permanently shaded areas the temperature is around -238 degrees Celcius (-397 degrees Fahrenheit). The video is best watched on the largest screen you have, especially if you follow the link to the higher resolution YouTube version. This is another use of NASA's CGI Moon Kit that you can download and use in almost any 3d application. There is a 4k UHD version of this on my YouTube channel: Music by Beethoven; it seemed appropriate even though Beethoven never gave that piece the title of "Moonlight Sonata."

Comments (2)



9:45AM | Wed, 01 September 2021

a pleasure viewing. thanks for the links



10:00PM | Thu, 02 September 2021

Fascinating! Looks like some of the craters right near the center never see the light... No atmosphere to scatter the light - just bright or dark.

I'll have to have a look at that Moon Kit. NASA has so much cool stuff!


10:37AM | Fri, 03 September 2021

NASA is both generous and very skilled. I love the fact that they allow you to download this stuff at various resolutions, the height map is up to 23k and the texture map is up to 27k. I actually used both at 23k for this animation at 4k UHD.

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