Why are there no stars the Moon photos?

The photo below shows Buzz Aldrin descending onto the Moon's surface. Supporters of the hoax theory point out that there are no stars in the sky. How can this be?

Photo on the Moon with no stars

The answer is very simple and involves one of the most basic elements of photography: Exposure. Anyone who has learnt how to use a camera iris knows that exposure should be set correctly for the subject. If other parts of the picture are significantly brighter or darker, they will not be exposed correctly.

In the situation above the stars are simply too dim to be seen. The foreground is very bright and there is no way a camera could be set to correctly expose both the subject (Buzz and the lander) and the stars. Inevitably the stars are lost.

Here's an experiment you can do yourself: Go out at night and try to take a photo of the stars using daylight settings. It won't work.

Note: Many people assume that because the sky is black on the Moon, it's night. This is not true—it's daytime and the light is as bright as a clear day on Earth in the snow. The reason the sky is black is that there's no atmosphere.

One more thing: If the photo above was taken in an elaborate studio setting designed to look like the surface of the Moon, are we to believe that the set designers simply forgot there would be stars in the sky?

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Author: Dave Owen.