The Moon, April 9

Photography, Science Tech

Crater Copernicus

Hi everyone! This photograph, which I took on the 9th, shows many interesting lunar features. I took this using the C9.25 and video from my Nikon D3100. The large crater in the central part of the photograph is the crater Copernicus; around it crater rays can easily be seen. The rays are ejecta material from the impact blast that spread over the lunar surface. Above the crater Copernicus is a string of little craterlets- the Stadius craterlets. Above that is the crater Eratosthenes and the end of Montes Apenninus (the Apennine Mountains, a favorite lunar feature of mine). Below Copernicus are the beginnings of Montes Carpatus (the Carpates Mountains).  The two large, distinct craters to left of Copernicus are Reinhold (right) and Lansberg (left). The larger craters to the right of crater Copernicus, in descending order, are craters Timocharis, Lambert, and Euler. Below is part of the Virtual Moon Atlas, with labels to help identification; I have found the Virtual Moon Atlas to be quite useful when identifying lunar features. I hope you found this interesting!



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