April 8, 2014

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The Fonz of Craters

image by luccat@sfr.fr

This has to be one of the coolest craters on the Moon - Alphonsus. It has everything, rilles, peaks, dark halo craters, ridges, a high wall, and it is a floor fractured crater; even legends about red glows and gas emissions. Like the real Fonzie it is just "hey". Ranger 9 crash landed there to get images in 1965 and it really should have had an Apollo mission there if they had continued to Apollo 20. Without doubt, one of the coolest wonders of the Moon.

Maurice Collins

Technical Details
Alphonsus 04/18/13 at 18:58 GMT , taken with a newtonian 625 mm 2739mm focal length equatorial platform on all amateur-built (excluding mirrors) with 3x Barlow, IR filter, Flea3 camera, during moderate turbulence. Not sure the name of the sender, forwarded from Chuck, but great image!

21st Century Atlas chart 16.

Yesterday's LPOD: Moon Last Night

Tomorrow's LPOD: Sailing Across the Moon


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