Biggest Moons of the Solar System

The photo below is a single-shot of the five out of six biggest moons in the solar system. It shows Earth’s Moon and the four Galilean Moons of Jupiter , which can be seen on the photo as well. Missing here is the second largest moon of the solar system after GanymedeSaturn‘s Titan.

The moon, with the apparent magnitude of -12.6 at its brightest, dominates the night skies when it is there. In contract, the Galilean moons range in brightness from 4.6 to 5.6 magnitude. Therefore, it is very difficult to properly expose all of them having a limited dynamic range even of the best off-the-shelf cameras on the market today. On the image below, it helps that Luna is partly occluded by clouds, diminishing it’s magnitude.

Data and processing: Goran Petrov
License: Creative Commons BY NC (free for non-commercial use, with attribution).
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Location: Skopje, Macedonia
Date: 2017-05-08

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Sigma 400mm f5.6 APO 
Exposure details: ISO 800, f/5.6, 0.8 sec.