Photorealistic Moon With Moon Phases

by pixelpoems.de in Models


Do you want to enlighten your night Scenes? Make the Wolfs howl with this photorealistic Moon!

This is a Model of Earth's Moon, ready to use with Cycles. This Model contains a Setup for a scientific correct Moon with a function to represent all lunar Phases.  

Scientific correct Surface and View Angle

The high resolution Surface Texture is released from USGS under public domain. It is therefore physically correct. And it it released for commercial Purposes! (The Terms of Use and Credits are given in the Documentation Section). The Texture Map Solution is 8192x4121 Pixels, jpg Image. Besides of that, the Moon is Mapped to the Camera, to ensure that the View Angle to the Moon in your Scene is always the natural one.  

Full Lunar Phase representation via Material Node

The Moon Model contains a full Lunar Phase representation, using just one Value within the Material Node of the Moon Surface. Tweak or even animate the Value to achive whatever lunar Phase you desire:

Lunarphase

No Compositing for Moon's Halo Shine required

This Moon Model contains a volumetric based Halo function which can be used to give the Moon a soft glow without any extra compositing.  

Simple Node Setup plus full Documentation

As shown in the Product Documentation, you can both tweak the Surface of the Moon, but also indipendent to this the Halo. This gives you maximum control over the Scene. The Documentation comes as a 5 Page PDF with the Model.  

Do you need more?

If you would like to give your Night Scene with the moon an even more beautiful and natural result, please also check my Starfield Skydome, which perfectly fits to the Moon: Starfield Skydome