June 5, 2011
West Side Story
north to the right image by Howard Eskildsen, Ocala, Florida
I admire Howard's imaging. He relentlessly uses his standard size amateur telescope to image the nearside under a variety of illuminations. This near terminator view reveals an area I've seldom seen with this lighting. And each different view elicits different observations and understandings. Just above Delisle is a mountain informally known as the Baby. That is what the very serious scientist Gerard Kuiper called it, seeing it as a big-headed child crawling to the south. But with this illumination it looks more like a baby stegosaurus. Near the left edge of the image is the circular mass of hills called Mount Vinogradov, with Brayley appearing to the upper left. Between Brayley and Vinogradov is a small hill casting a long tapered shadow. The hill seems to be on an elongated mare swell with a bright ridge that extends the lineation of the hill. Finally, to the right of the hill are two mare ridges - the slightly more conspicuous one is Arduino - that probably mark the faint continualtion of the Apennine Ring along the west side of the Imbrium Basin.
Rükl plates 9 & 19
Yesterday's LPOD: Oniric Metamorphosis
Tomorrow's LPOD: Where Has the Earthshine Gone?