The launch of Chandrayaan-3 was witnessed live by spectators near the ISRO centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, and millions more watched the broadcast on YouTube. Now, a picture of Chandrayaan-3 lighting up Australia’s night sky is doing the rounds on social media and is captivating people with its beauty.
Chandrayaan-3, India’s third lunar exploration mission, on board the heavy-lift GSLV Mark 3 (LVM 3) rocket was launched on July 14 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). About 20 minutes after the spacecraft took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota, ISRO announced that it was in its precise orbit and had begun its journey to the Moon.The spacecraft will travel to the Moon over the next month, with a landing anticipated on August 23 this year.
Dylan O’ Donnell shared the picture on Twitter and wrote he had just watched India’s space agency launch their moon rocket on You tube then fly over his house 30 minutes later. He congratulated ISRO for its space mission. According to his YouTube channel, O’Donnell shoots from the Byron Bay Observatory, Australia, for Deography photo blog, writes for Celestron & Photographing Space, and provides science outreach for schools and students.
Since being shared two days ago, the picture has accumulated over 7.4 lakh views and the numbers are still increasing. The picture has also received more than 12,200 likes and a plethora of comments from people on social media. Variety of comments started coming on Twitter where an individual asked whether it is a long exposure shot or a standard photograph?
One user was overwhelmed by the photograph and said it was brilliant. Awesome click, praised another social media user.
A third twitter user commented, awesome capture. One user even thanked Donnell for sharing the photograph. A fifth user enquired, if the photograph was from a specific location like Perth or Sydney or visible in all or most of Australia? A seventh user said, it was a cool shot.
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