November 25, 2012

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Areas of Confusion

image by Raffaele Barzacchi, Italy

Kepler's rays would find more admirers if they were not so near the long and glorious Copernicus rays and the brighter ones from Aristarchus. Raf's images emphasize a feature of Kepler's ejecta that I have noticed often but not thought enough about. An area extending out about 1.5 to 2 times Kepler's diameter (inner dark outline in negative image) is covered with bright ray-like material. Surrounding that is another discontinuously covered and not as bright annulus (larger black outline). The boundary of this area on the west is where broad swaths of Kepler's rays seem truncated, extending only as narrow rays beyond. The inner bright zone is continuously covered by ejecta; the outer area must be discontinuously draped with ejecta. An interesting thing about the outer area is that it is bounded on the west by a narrow fringe of dark lava. It is unlikely that ejecta could effect the path of lava or be affected by it. It is possible that the outer zone of brightness is not real, that there seems to be a boundary only because of a chance ribbon of lava that separates equally bright material on either side. What do you think?

Chuck Wood

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