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    Default Intressting things on the Moon



    If you see any intressting things on the Moon,or nearby-,please make a post here. And please some sort off oriention off where on the moon.by saying maybe the nearest known crater .
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    Default Re: Intressting things on the Moon

    I’ve been wondering what the bright white points of light are on the moon in the waxing phase. They are so prominent and I don’t know why.

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    Default Re: Intressting things on the Moon

    Quote Originally Posted by Pamela View Post
    I’ve been wondering what the bright white points of light are on the moon in the waxing phase. They are so prominent and I don’t know why.
    These can be a couple of things. Along the terminator (the line between the day and night side of the Moon), often times the rising Sun on the Moon will catch a high mountain or peak on a crater rim and these will shine like tiny bright points of light. They can really contrast well, especially when the areas lower down are still in shadow.

    Another effect you can see on the sunlit areas are newer impact sights. These are often not old enough to have the excavating regolith and material not yet darkened by the solar wind.

    This image shows a few crater rims catching the sunlight, especially in the north:

    20190804 20_45_01_g4_ap1706_stitch by Bryan Gabbard, on Flickr

    And these images show a few relatively newer impact sites that have a higher albedo than the areas surrounding them:

    20190910 20_28_55_g4_ap93_stitch 2 by Bryan Gabbard, on Flickr

    20190919 00_52_51_g4_ap80_stitch 3 by Bryan Gabbard, on Flickr
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    Default Re: Intressting things on the Moon

    Funny that meteorites sems to hitting the moon flat..and not from the side...A ridge off A crater seems almost the same height,,all round-Gaagelei gaggeleo.
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    Default Re: Intressting things on the Moon

    Some of the things I like to look for on the moon:

    1) Non crater features. For example:
    1a) Lunar swirls: Reiner Gamma is the most prominent on this side of the moon.
    1b) "Walls" like Rupes Altai or Rupes Recta.
    1c) Mountains. Some are in long mountain ranges (like the Montes Jura) and some are isolated peaks.
    1d) Various valleys and canyons.

    2) Transient light phenomena like the lunar X and sunrise/sunset rays. It seems the best known sunrise ray is in Hesiodus, but there are others to be seen as well.
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    Default Re: Intressting things on the Moon

    Several objects caught my eye last night (5 Oct) while observing the moon. First was a sunlit area on the dark side of the terminator, west of Autolycus and Aristillus. It might have been the aliens from ID4 finally landing, but perhaps more likely, it was the east wall of Archimedes whose crater rim, according to Legrand and Chevalley's Virtual Moon Atlas, can reach heights of 2150m.
    Second, Valles Alpes, north of there, was quite striking, being so close to the terminator. Various rilles near the terminator (e.g., Rima Hyginus) were seen to advantage, along with nearby Pyroclastic 'Mare Vaporum'.
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