May 10, 2013

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Rilles And More

image by Александр Ястребов (Alexander Jastrebov), Bryansk, Russia

Here is another superb image from Alexander, with the chrome-like glow of the mare that seems to be his signature. Tear yourself away from the beauty of the image to look at the geology. The boundary between the darker lavas of Tranquillitatis and ridge-crossed lighter lavas of Serenitatis is very distinct. Notice at top right that you could easily draw the boundary where the Serenitatis smooth lavas fill a low area that embays the older lavas of Tranquilitatis. Small scale volcanism is everywhere here too, from the dome cut by the Menelaus Rille (upper left) to the apparent extrusion along the rille leading up to Al-Bakri. Altimetry from the LRO QuickMap shows that the rille - which is partially a series of elongate collapse depressions and likely v-vents - is at the crest of a 200 m high ridge. You can explore many other features here at your leisure but notice how the Jansen Rille just stops when it reaches the ghost crater. The rille starts at a depression on the mare ridge and flows downhill until it meets the ghost crater which is about 50-60 m high. Does the rille get stooped by the ghost rim or did the rille continue and the rim get created later, covering the rille? QuickMap shows that a much smaller piece of the rille seems to have climbed the edge of the ghost rim but there is no NAC image of that contact. It seems unlikely that the ghost buried the rille, but if the ghost rim was just an obstacle why didn't the rille bend to go along its edge as commonly happens?

Chuck Wood

Technical Details
Apr 16, 2013. 40cm telescope, Basler asA640-100gm, IR-pass filter.

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