NEW YORK (AP) — A photo taken by a photographer using a free online photo search app has now gone viral, inspiring people to share photos of the tiny moon.
The photo was taken on Dec. 1, 2013, by Brian Cawthon, who is now in his 70s, and it was posted to a social networking site called Flickr.
The photo has since been viewed nearly 2 million times.
“I remember being quite young when the photo was first posted,” Cawtons son, Brian, said Thursday.
“I was blown away.
I can’t remember if I had ever seen anything like it.
It was a total shock.”
The photo, titled “Hear the sound of the ocean coming out of the hole in the moon,” shows an empty moon.
It’s a haunting image for Cawts son, who has autism and is blind.
“My dad is one of the lucky ones.
He’s in the very top 5 percent of the autism spectrum,” Brian said.
“But I don’t know if you can get that from a photo.”
The moon is about the size of a football field and is in the constellation Cygnus.
The lunar surface is rocky, and its moon is covered in dust.
It is thought that the moon formed about 4.5 billion years ago.
The image has been viewed more than 6.5 million times on Flickr and other social networking sites.
The image was originally posted by Brian on his son’s birthday, Dec. 2, 2013.
Brian says he was born in Texas and moved to New York to be with his wife, Karen, when he was 4.
Karen Cawton, Brian’s wife, says the photo of their father is very moving.
“When I looked at it, I said to myself, ‘I can’t believe it’s true,'” Karen Cawtons said.
The couple moved to Florida, and they say their son’s image was the first time he had ever been on a real moon.
“He’s an extraordinary kid, but he’s just one of those kids,” Karen Caws said.
“There’s a huge gulf between being born and growing up,” Karen said.
When Brian first posted the photo, it sparked a flurry of comments.
“This is an incredible photo,” one person wrote.
“It’s a real photo, and the moon is perfectly clear.
It looks like a real picture.”
Another said, “You have to be kidding me.
I’d give this kid $10 million to see this one.
I’m not even kidding.””
It’s like a piece of art,” another person wrote, adding that they’d “give Brian $10 for it.”
Brian Cawson says he’s proud of the photo.
“It has to be the greatest photo I’ve ever taken,” he said.
He added that it’s the only photo he’s ever shared on the internet.
“What can I say?
It’s the one photo that everyone is talking about,” he added.
The photographer, a retired engineer, told ABC News he’s happy his photo has made the news.
“People are talking about the photo and they’re like, ‘Wow!
This is amazing!,'” Brian said, laughing.”
And I’m like, wow.
It wasn’t a big deal.
It didn’t change anything.”