When I blogged a couple days ago about how you can photograph the Moon’s surface with just your smartphone, I did not lend any perspective as to what the native images looked like. I cropped the small sections with the Moon in each.
The following day and at approximately the same time (in daylight), the sky was still clear. So I took another round of pictures. The image above was again taken with my phone’s Pro mode at ISO 200 and 1/3000 shutter. Click on this image to pull up the complete and untouched 4032×3024 image file. In this one, the Moon is just a bit larger than it was the prior day, and you can still see the surface’s detail.
The point of this is to show you how that little dot of a satellite can reveal so much detail with just a few camera setting tweaks.