November 23, 2012
Every Direction is North
south up image by Jocelyn Serot, France
I remember having read somewhere on LPOD that the libration for the South Pole would be favorable around late October. Indeed, it was 5°59' (in latitude of course). Not exceptional, but just enough to have a glance at the Pole itself (or, more exactly, the place it is supposed to be). It also provides a nice view of the north rim of Malapert and of twins Newton-A. I guess that the small peak emerging from darkness at upper right is M5, but am not sure of this. Finding one's way is not trivial in this region. I therefore took time to make an annotated version of the image, with the latitude and longitude circles approximately drawn (I used the Virtual Atlas of the Moon to do this). Colors are used to attach lettered craters to their named parent.
Oct 24, 2012; 19-50. DK300_F_IR742_DMK_15FPS_G750_E54_g10_ST300_RB_ann
Rükl plate 73 and 74
21st Century Atlas charts 14 & 15
Yesterday's LPOD: Watching Time Fly
Tomorrow's LPOD: How Old is This Crater?