December 29, 2020
Just Another Glorious Image
Originally published June 11, 2011
image by Wes Higgins, Tecumseh, Oklahoma
I am on travel and was not planning to write a new LPOD and then this evening I saw Wes’ new image and couldn’t help myself. Gosh, this is good! Comparison with the commonly used Lunar & Planetary Institution’s digitized Lunar Orbiter image of nearly the same area demonstrates that Wes’ image shows craters not visible of that orbital view and the rilles and other features are more sharply displayed - and there are no lines from the Orbiter’s photo-reconstruction process! Both Alphonsus and Arzachel are floor-fractured craters, and Alphonsus is the easiest place on the Moon to see volcanic dark halo craters. The Imbrium Basin impact created a number of radial crater chains that are well seen east of Alphonsus, as well as the three gougely like short chains just north of Arzachel. This is a glorious image - look at each square centimeter and try to understand its history!
Note This is a classic LPOD from Sept 16, 2006 - and it reminds us that fantastic images were being taken at least 5 years ago.
September 14, 2006, 18″ Reflector, 4x Powermate, Infinity 2-1M camera, MAP processing.
Rükl plate 44
Yesterday's LPOD: A Small Sea of Lava
Tomorrow's LPOD: Ridges And Subtle Bulges