April 22, 2009

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The Kiss of Fire

north to the left image by Kaguya Image Gallery

Somehow I thought of Klimt and his luscious paintings from a hundred years ago when I saw this image. This luscious closeup of lips is the flamboyant false coloration of a small volcanic vent on the western limb of the Moon. The Clementine image below shows the dark ring of volcanic ash - called Mare Pacificus by the Soviets who discovered it - that erupted from the vent, just visible in the middle. In this high resolution Kaguya Multi-Spectral Imager view the blue appears to represent freshly exposed surfaces (perhaps exposed by material sliding down slopes) that have not had time to be darkened by radiation.

Chuck Wood

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