But the more I looked at it, the more it bugged me, I didn't know why - and then it hit me - it was totally faked. Those artsy people at Apple computers couldn't find a single real photograph to use from the universe of breathtaking space photography and so they made their own instead.
Here is what a moonrise from space looks like in real life. This photo was taken by an Expedition 29 crew member aboard the ISS.
- The stars. Look at any of the photos that include earth or the moon from the apollo missions and you won't see any stars. Certainly not a fairy tale splattering of stars probably cut and pasted from a Disney movie.
- The moon looks perfectly circular. When looking at the moon through the atmosphere it is going to look at least a little distorted. This happens on earth too so no big surprise there. The color should also change.
- The sky is super blue.... not once you get to space; then the sky is black, it doesn't do that 'gradient' thing for very long.
- The dark side of the moon is light. This isn't even that big of a deal compared to all the stars that are shining out there, but in real life you wouldn't see the light of earth's albedo on the shadowed side of the moon in the same picture that you see the full-on daytime sunlight on the adjacent side. This basically means that they took a photo of a full moon and randomly added some shading to it. I wouldn't be surprised if the angle is completely impossible (knowing the latitude of the earth photo would help to calculate that).
- The whole picture looks too blue IMHO. Don't have anything scientific to say about it other than that.
- The moon's proportions look off (a telephoto lens? Then the earth below would look more distorted).
To end, lets remember the time that Aryeh sent a balloon to the edge of space and took this picture. You don't need to be an astronaut to know what an earth/space boundary looks like.