April 16, 2009

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Landscape of Treasures

image by Yuri Goryachko, Mikhail Abgarian, Konstantin Morozov, Minsk, Belarus

Looking like a museum model of a lunar landscape this wideview panoramic mosaic by the Minsk Miracle Imagers just needs an overlay of nomenclature to be a perfect guide. This is a favorite area to observe because of the challenges of detecting the narrow Triesnecker Rilles (bottom left) and the collapse pits along the western arm of the Hyginus Rille. And the Ariadaeus Rille is always a treat with even small telescopes. The knowledgeable observer has a lot more sights to see here. There is the L-shaped rays of Meneaus (top right) and the less certain rays of Manilius (top center). Near the middle of the view is poor Boscovich, whose western third was covered by a thick blanket of once flowing Imbrium ejecta, and whose right portion was flooded by lava that was later cut by an upside down Y of rilles. You can also ponder the existence of Schneckenberg. There are many more treats here, but I'll leave them for you to discover.
Chuck Wood

Technical Details
See image margin.
CAW enhanced the image beyond what Yuri and friends did - their original version is here.

Related Links
Rükl plates 33 & 34
Minsk Miracle Imagers website

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