October 8, 2010

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image by KC Pau, Hong Kong

The late biologist Stephen J. Gould described religion and science as non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA). By this he meant that science studies Non-overlapping_magisteria - what the Universe is made of (fact) and why ... it works in this way (theory). The magisterium of religion extends over questions of ultimate meaning and moral value. When I looked at KC's long terminator view of eastern Serenitatis and to the south part of Tranquillitatis, I felt that there were two non-overlapping regions of influence. Serenitatis is marked by a slightly curved long ridge system more conveniently called the Serpentine RIdge than the plethora of official names. Similar concentric rilles near Plinius, the Apollo 17 area and northward, reinforce the notion that the main structural features are strongly tied to the Serenitatis Basin. But the southern third of the image seems to belong to a completely different magisterium. The major structural feature is the diagonal line of ghost craters and ruins that I have called the Gärtner Alignment. This linear rise and other scattered features are not at all related to Serenitatis and in fact, seem unaware of the putative basin filled by Tranquillitatis lavas. On the Moon, because major structures are all related to impact basins, major trends of geology stop at the edge of one basin as you cross over into the next one.

Chuck Wood

Technical Details
Taken on 27 Sep 2010 at 19h44m~46m UT with 10" f/6 Newtonian and a 2.5X barlow with DMK 31AF03 AS camera. A mosaic of 2 images.

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