Moon Imaged from the MoCRiS Payload

June 25, 2019

Moon on Calabria

Image Creators: Antonino Brosio and the MoCRiS Team
Summary Author: Antonino Brosio 

June 2019 Viewer's ChoiceShown above is the waxing crescent Moon above the Italian regions of Calabria, Puglia and Basilicata. The photo was taken from a height of 20 miles (32 km) from the Measurement of Cosmic Rays in Stratosphere (MoCRiS) Balloon. This is a project in collaboration between OCRA (Outreach Cosmic Ray Activities) of National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and Liceo Scientifico Cariati.

The MoCRiS payload, consisting of two special detectors, will facilitate research on variations of the flow of cosmic rays in the Earth’s atmosphere, portrayed on this image as the blue/violet veneer atop the Earth. Launch was on June 8 (2019), from near Sila Mountain in Calabria, Italy.