April 14, 2004

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The Town in the Lake of Death


Image Credit: Anthony Sanchez

The Town in the Lake of Death

The first telescopic observations of the Moon by Galileo were recorded in a series of drawings, thus beginning a nearly 400 year tradition. The advent of the space age brought high resolution lunar images from orbiting probes, but drawings continued, by two very different types of observers. Amateur astronomers have never given up the pleasure of drawing the Moon, often producing evocative renditions (LPOD Feb. 9) that give a better feeling for the observing experience than any photograph. The other modern drawings of the Moon resulted from a major institutional program by the Astrogeology Center of the US Geologic Survey in Flagstaff. Because of the difficulty of compiling a photographic image that showed all features to good advantage, the USGS hired scientific illustrators to mentally combine the best images and artistically depict the lunar surface under a constant illumination angle. The resulting shaded relief airbrush maps had a very characteristic survey style: professional, precise and pleasant. Anthony Sanchez, who worked at the Survey, learned the techniques and drew - or airbrushed - some of the Mars quadrangle maps. In retirement now, Anthony has created this wonderful drawing of the crater Burg within Lacus Mortis. Compare it with KC Pau's LPOD Jan. 30 great photo!

Chuck Wood

Technical Details:

This is a pencil drawing of the lunar crater Burg and the surrounding Lacus Mortis region. The original drawing is about 150 x 180 mm / 5 x 7 inches and was completed by artist, Anthony G. Sanchez, from personal observation and sketches made on the following dates: July 16, 1995, March 3, 2002, and May 1, 2002, using a Celestron C5+, various powers. In addition, NASA Lunar Orbiter IV images IV-86-H2 and IV-91-H2 and copyrighted images taken by astrophotographers K.C. Pau of Hong Kong and John Sussenbach of The Netherlands. This work would have been difficult to complete

without their co-operation and gracious permission to use their photos.

Related Links:
USGS Astrogeology

Yesterday's LPOD: Apollo 13 on April 13

Tomorrow's LPOD: A Burning Issue

Author & Editor:
Charles A. Wood



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