January 7, 2014
A Rare Capture
image by Howard Eskildsen, Ocala, Florida
It is -5*F (-21•C) right now where I live in Wheeling, WV. Our water pipes in the kitchen have frozen and we hope we can thaw them out without them bursting. Many, many readers of LPOD in the US and Canada face the same extreme cold - but it is vastly warmer than Yutu in its hibernation. To allow us to think of warmer places here is Howard's latest image from Florida (which is also unseasonably cold, but warmer than most of the US). The image was taken with a telescope apparently borrowed from planetary imager extraordinaire Don Parker. Since Howard is investigating concentric craters I think that his target was the concentric crater on the far side of the floor of Humboldt. And it is visible - can you find it? I have never noticed it before in a terrestrial image, but it is beautiful from lunar orbit. Florida and the sunlit limb of the Moon - what could be warmer?
21st Century Atlas charts 4 & L2.
Yesterday's LPOD: Hip-Hip-Hippalus
Tomorrow's LPOD: Mount Molar