image by Alan Friedman
Ho hum, another exquisite image of Sinus Iridum. I want to use it for LPOD so I’ll have to find something new to say… Wait, what is that thin line near top right between the west end of the Straight Range and the isolated peak? A little Photoshop unsharp mask and voila - see the dark inset at bottom right! There is definitely a squiggly interrupted line with short shadows cast on the left and slightly bright edges on the right, indicating a depression. It looks like a very closely spaced crater chain, previously unknown, I think. To check, the brighter insert is from Lunar Orbiter IV (from the seamless mosaic of Map-A-Planet). The upper part of the chain, near shore, is definitely a secondary crater chain cluster. But the bottom part doesn’t show as chain on the Orbiter image, in fact there is hardly anything there at all at that magnification. But blow up the Orbiter image and there is a very narrow sinuous rille! It starts near the eastern side of the Prom. Laplace, wanders pass the isolated peak, crosses the mare ridge, and abruptly turns south and disappears. Comparison to the nearby 11 km wide Laplace D crater shows that this sinuous rille is about 500 m wide. Not bad for a 10″ Mak in Buffalo! More about the rille tomorrow.
October 4, 2007, 10:44 UT. A-P 10″ mak/cass working at f30/ DMK 41BF02 firewire camera. Mosaic of two images, each with 200 frames from a stream of 900.
Note: Without fixing it, the LPOD software seems to work again…