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Huawei P30 Pro Moon Mode: How to take photos of the Moon with your phone

Space The South African

The camera in the Huawei P30 Pro is capable of 50x digital zoom, making it the ideal phone for taking moon shots. Here's how.
'Much has been said about the quality of the Huawei P30 Pro camera, specifically its ability to snap relatively clear images of the Moon . You know, that thing in the night sky that is about 384 400 km away. How to capture the moon with a Huawei P30 Pro I was sceptical. I tried it. Now I’m a believer. Here’s how to take images of the moon with just your Huawei P30 Pro, no additional equipment required. Although, a tripod would make it easier. Open the phone’s camera. Find the Moon; aim your phone at the Moon. Spread two fingers apart in the viewfinder to zoom in to 50x. Try holding it as still as possible. (This is where the tripod comes in handy.) After the AI in your phone identifies the moon, your camera will automatically recommend the ‘Moon Mode.’ Take the photo whenever you’re ready. Rinse and repeat, take as many photos as you want and marvel at how far we’ve come since Nokia 5110 was the in-thing. Congratulations, you did it. No, for real. You are done. It’s really that simple. It takes a while for the AI to locate the Moon and you’ll find that it doesn’t really focus on the Moon for the first few seconds. I’m assuming this would be easier with a tripod and will test that theory out in due course. Other than that, I’m pretty impressed with how my photos came out. See for yourself. The first image was taken without zooming, just to give you an idea of how far the moon really is. My Moon shots This first photo was taken with a Huawei P Smart 2019. There’s nothing special about it; it’s just to give an idea of what a moon shot would like on a ‘normal’ phone. The second photo was taken on during the partial lunar eclipse earlier this week. Note however, that this wasn’t snapped in Huawei’s Moon Mode, just normal 50x zoom. Photo by Cheryl Kahla, TheSouthAfrican.com Photo by Cheryl Kahla, TheSouthAfrican.com I’m assuming the Huawei AI couldn’t identify the moon as half of it was shrouded in darkness. This was my first try and I really struggled to get a perfect aim. The photo below was taken the following evening. The Huawei P30 Pro AI’s – it’s so smart, it’s starting to scare me a little – identified the Moon immediately and automatically entered Moon Mode. Then I just tried to hold as still as possible – it helps if you clamp your elbows down against your chest for stabilisation – and snapped this marvel. Pretty impressive for a phone, isn’t it? Photo by Cheryl Kahla, TheSouthAfrican.com Moon Mode controversy If it’s not clear at this point, I’m sold on the Huawei P30 Pro. However, it’s not all ‘moonshine’ and roses and pretty photos of the celestial bodies. Several consumers have expressed concern that Huawei was less than ethical in their marketing campaign and that the photo in your gallery is not the actual photo you physically snapped. This will be explored in an upcoming article. Happy Moon Day! Spot the craters on the moon and see how sharp the HUAWEI P30 Pro can capture from a far distance, and on night mode! Get a closer perspective in celebration of Moon Day with the 50x zoom lens! Learn more: https://t.co/WFIBkxQb64 pic.twitter.com/kTadcSGe8s — Huawei Mobile PH (@huaweimobileph) July 20, 2019'

From Ted Hughes to HG Wells: Jeanette Winterson picks the best books about the moon

Space News South Africa

Fifty years since Apollo 11 landed, the novelist shares her favourite books and poems about Earth’s mysterious satellite There she is, 239,000 miles from Earth. A lover’s moon, a poet’s moon, a painted moon, made of green cheese, home to the Man in
'Fifty years since Apollo 11 landed, the novelist shares her favourite books and poems about Earth’s mysterious satellite There she is, 239,000 miles from Earth . A lover’s moon, a poet’s moon, a painted moon, made of green cheese, home to the Man in the Moon , visible above the lights of Moscow and Manhattan, Tokyo and London. Hanging as the silent guardian of rivers and woods. Symbol of the mystery of the universe. None of this has changed since Apollo 11 landed on that broken silent surface 50 years ago. The moon is just as familiar and just as remote. The mythical and magical moon, the lunatic moon that drives men mad, Earth’s moon, lifting tides and raising sap. Continue reading…'

Apollo 11 Moon landing anniversary: One small step for man, a giant leap for space robots

Space The South African

The Apollo 11 mission was the turning point and is comparable to the Wright brothers’ flight in 1903 that marked the beginning of the aviation industry.
'The first step on the lunar surface is recognized as the beginning of the space exploration age. Recent major international space exploration and exploitation initiatives, such as the Mars Exploration Program, the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program, the International Space Station (ISS) and OSIRIS-Rex, aim to answer some of the fundamental questions of humankind including: What is the origin of the universe and life? What are the alternative resources of energy and materials for future generations of humans? How do we protect ourselves against extraterrestrial threats such as colliding comets or asteroids? I am the founder and director of the Autonomous Space Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory (ASRoM-Lab) , where our research team is focused on developing algorithms and methodologies for intelligent guidance, navigation and control of next-generation space robotic systems, including free-flying manipulators and autonomous rovers. Robots in space Today, an inseparable part of any space program is research on advanced robotic systems and their enabling technologies to successfully accomplish space missions. Canadarm 1 and Canadarm 2 and Dextre (SPDM: Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator) are examples of manipulator systems that have been used in the construction and operation of the International Space Station. The goal of the space station was to study the effects of micro-gravity and harsh outer space environments on living organisms, instrumentation and engineering technologies to become ready for the next phase of space exploration. A sustainable space program requires reliable, fully autonomous robotic systems both for maintaining the existing space infrastructures and for building new ones beyond low Earth orbits. Autonomy is particularly essential to near-future space robotic systems as they must operate in harsh and partially understood environments. They also need to deal with fast, frequent and complex missions requiring local decisions because of lags in communication. Autonomy Every aspect of our lives, from science and technology to safety and security, is dependent on our satellite systems. Satellites provide services, including astronomical observation, telecommunication, Earth observation, global navigation system, military surveillance and weather forecasts, all of which are crucial for our day-to-day lives. To sustain their uninterrupted services on Earth and protect satellites in orbit, on-orbit servicing of anomalous satellites and space debris removal are crucial. Following years of space exploration and exploitation, tens of thousands of pieces of man-made debris have been littered around our planet. Without an active attempt to remove these objects from orbit, future space missions are prone to failure. A promising approach for active debris removal uses a chaser-manipulator system, whose guidance, navigation and control during proximity operations is challenging due to the coupled motion dynamics of the chaser and the manipulator and the uncontrolled motion of debris. In addition, to have a successful debris removal mission, the robotic operation should be resilient to unexpected scenarios such as failed attempts, changing environments and the impact during the capture phase, which can significantly affect the motion of the chaser-manipulator system and that of the debris. An autonomous debris removal mission requires a robotic system that must include appropriate safety measures and be capable of generating local decisions based on unexpected scenarios. For example, the robotic system should be able to regain stability and change its approach direction after a failed attempt to capture debris. The international space community is currently focused on the Lunar Gateway and Deep Space Exploration programs that require building permanent habitats in lunar and Martian orbits. Assembly of large structures millions of miles away from the Earth requires the deployment of many cost-effective, autonomous, free-flying manipulators that collaboratively operate without human interaction for several days. These next-generation manipulators should be able to deal with dynamic environments, handle large, flexible structures and wirelessly communicate with each other. Rover autonomy Another category of space robotic systems is the wheeled rover platforms, which are used for planetary surface exploration. Such systems have long lifespans during which they have to traverse unknown and possibly dynamic terrains, manipulate objects, distinguish scientifically valuable samples and collect them. Due to communication challenges, they also need a large degree of intelligence to make local decisions and sometimes diagnose, repair or calibrate themselves. Fleets of orbiters, landers and rovers have been sent to other celestial objects to search for signs of life. The most successful missions involving autonomous rovers were Sojourner (Mars, 1997), Spirit (Mars, 2004-2010, Opportunity (Mars, 2003-2018) and, finally, Curiosity (Mars, 2012), which is still exploring the planet. The unique characteristics of rovers present challenges in their guidance, navigation and control systems. Some of these challenges include designing tires for unknown terrains and teaching the rover how to avoid obstacles . Another challenge is identifying the relative and absolute location of a rover. Wheel odometry — calculating where the rover is based on counting the rotations of its wheels — is a popular localization technology. But it is susceptible to significant errors over time due to wheel slips on low-traction terrains like soft soil. The obvious example of a mission failure due to losing traction is the Spirit rover that got stuck in soft soil and became nonoperational . Robin Chhabra, Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Space Robotics and Mechatronics, Carleton University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article . Also read – Mapping the Moon for Apollo'

Half-Blood Thunder Moon partial lunar eclipse: Stunning images from around the world

Space The South African

Stargazers enjoyed a spectacular partial eclipse of the Moon on Tuesday night. We've collected some of the best photos of the moon all it's celestial beauty.
'If you missed the Half-blood thunder moon partial lunar on 16 July, fear not – we’ve rounded up a collection of photos taken from around the world. Just because it was a partial lunar eclipse, doesn’t mean it wasn’t spectacular. A quick look at the the images caught by photographers all over the world confirms that is nothing short of breathtaking. This particular eclipse was visible to most parts of the world, except North America. Sorry, guys. Next time. We in Africa had the best seats and the Moon really didn’t disappoint. What is a partial lunar eclipse? A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon, Earth and Sun are very closely aligned, with the Earth positioned between the two. As the moon passes directly behind us, Earth blocks sunlight from directly reaching the moon, causing a reddish glow to appear. A blood moon – as they are known – can only occur during a full moon. Even though a total lunar eclipse transitions through a partial phase on its way in and out of totality, some eclipses are only partial, but like we said earlier, no less magnificent. In other words, a partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Sun and Moon are not perfectly aligned. Unlike a solar eclipse, where viewers risk damaging their eyesight if looking directly at the Sun, an eclipse of the Moon is safe to view. Why does the moon have a reddish hue? The deputy director of the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences, Ilias Fernini, explains: “When part of the Moon is inside the Earth’s shadow, the light from the sun is scattered and the only light that passes through the Earth’s atmosphere is the one that has the red colour,” Also read – Half-Blood Thunder Moon partial lunar eclipse: Here’s what you need to know Best footage and images of the partial lunar eclipse This was the last lunar eclipse of 2019. In addition, it coincided with an historic day: the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch towards the moon. The moon is seen during a partial lunar eclipse in Asuncion, Paraguay, on July 16, 2019. (Photo by NORBERTO DUARTE / AFP) The moon is seen above a statue of “Palazzo della civilta del lavoro” or “Square Colosseum” in the EUR district , during a lunar eclipse in the sky over Rome, on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) The moon is seen during a partial lunar eclipse in the sky over Rome, on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) . @BreakfastNews cameraman Simon Winter snapped this great shot of the partial lunar eclipse in Tamworth, NSW. pic.twitter.com/47I7XkJbo7 — Caitlyn Gribbin (@CaitlynGribbin) July 16, 2019 The partial lunar eclipse from the roof of the BBC and through our cameraman’s viewfinder #LunarEclipse2019 pic.twitter.com/6RIh5hzmvJ — sophieraworth (@sophieraworth) July 16, 2019 The odds were in our favor on @Space_Station today🌒 So special to experience a partial lunar eclipse during the historic week of #Apollo50th celebrations. Dreaming of the sights we’ll see on future #Artemis missions. pic.twitter.com/uYP1sq6XC9 — Christina H Koch (@Astro_Christina) July 17, 2019 In pics: Partial lunar #eclipse was seen across the world, July 16, 2019 pic.twitter.com/z6KBxX21Bv — People's Daily, China (@PDChina) July 17, 2019 I went out last night to see the partial lunar eclipse. Took a while to find it as it sat behind a bank of low cloud until 10:40pm. But the wait was worth it. pic.twitter.com/LqVVvdMhvt — Martin Watt Photography (@MartinWattPhoto) July 17, 2019 The partial lunar eclipse yesterday. Greatest eclipse 21:31 UT over Freital/Saxony/Germany. 65% of the lunar disk into darkness. Refraktor 130/1200, Canon EOS 6D, ISO 200, 1/30s pic.twitter.com/JJkaaPxzB2 — Heiko (Astronomer) (@Astronomer72) July 17, 2019 And here goes another one taken 20 minutes later #LunarEclipse #EclipseLunar #cielosESA pic.twitter.com/0GcJtSO1AX — Diego González (@dgonzalez_83) July 17, 2019'