July 15, 2014

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Polar Panorama

south up image by Jose Cabello, Málaga, Spain

I have never learned to appreciate views of the South Pole with north up - it always seems like the mountains are just barely managing to hang on. Furthermore, I learned the Moon with my old 5" newtonian showing south up, so that's the way it is. Jose made a wonderful mosaic of the terminator of the nearly full Moon limb when the librations were also pretty good. With high Sun like this it is often difficult to identify craters away from the terminator, and the ones right on the limb are sometimes hard, too. But when they are large, shadow-filled maws (how often do you get to use that word in polite conversation?) the identification is easier - see Hausen? I find it pleasant to crater-hop to identify craters on this excellent image with the overhead polar view (L4) in the 21st Century Atlas of the Moon. I did a few of the limb ones, and to paraphrase my old physics textbook, it is left as an exercise for the student to identify the other features. Happy sleuthing.

Chuck Wood

Technical Details
12 de Julio 2014. C11 y la QHY5L-II a foco primario con el filtro IR-Pass 685nm.

Related Links
21st Century Atlas chart L4.

Yesterday's LPOD: A Northerly View

Tomorrow's LPOD: A New Game


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