August 15, 2008

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Full Moon Secrets

image by Bart Declercq

Imagers typically concentrate on low-Sun views where long shadows magnify tiny variations of topography. Those are valuable images and so are ones like this at higher-Sun angles which reveal differences in reflectivity. Bart's nice image could almost be the first sheet of a new High-Sun Atlas of the Moon. A large regional area is depicted at high enough resolution to pick out delicate features such as the Herigonius Rille northeast of Gassendi. As pointed out previously bright reflections from the inner walls of the Rille make it far easier to detect at high Sun than at low. The southern boundary of the Helmet is seen to be surprisingly sharp, due to mare lavas that pit just northwest of Gassendi. Another bright feature of a different sort is the Arrowhead just above dark=floored Billy at the upper left. Like the Helmet, the Arrowhead is thought to be one of the uncommon outcrops of volcanic material with a different composition than normal mare basalts.

Chuck Wood

Technical Details
2008-07-24, 3h20UT. C9.25 @ F/16 , DMK31AF camera, Astronomik Green filter, mosaic of 4 recordings at best 256 of 2000 frames each.

Related Links
Rükl plates 51 & 52

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