This interactive panorama is the best way to explore the lunar surface

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Zoom, tilt, pan and scan in this breathtaking interactive view of the moon's surface and beyond (check out that view of Earth!). Assembled from images acquired by China's recently arrived Chang'e 3 lunar lander, it's the next best thing to being there.

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The panorama uses images from the Chang'e 3 lunar lander, which touched down on the moon in December. It was assembled by 360 Cities' Andrew Bodrov, who's compiled similar panos from imagery acquired by NASA's Curiosity rover from the surface of Mars. You'll want to expand to full screen for the full effect.

[Via 360 Cities]

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DISCUSSION

Dumb question: why are the Earth and the Sun (I presume that's the sun) the only two celestial bodies you can see in this panorama? Is it just a brightness/resolution thing?