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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Craters on the Moon Astro Images: Rheita and Metius.

It is difficult for the camera to capture moonscape when the sun is at a wide angle, but I chose meticulously several relevant sequences, in which the craters of this south-west area are clearer.

On Rheita crater (70 km), we can observe some important features, one being the central peak. To the south is superimposed over a valley 200 km long, called Vallis Rheita.
In the area where the valley ends, is crater Young.

Northeast of Rheita, an unusual crater is visible, with an elongated shape that reminds us of Schiller crater on the south-west of the Moon. This is a satellite crater called Rheita E (66x32 km).

Metius (88 km), is stuck to Fabricius (78 km), which is framed by huge crater Janssen (190 km).

Fabricius is interesting because the interior floor and wall are special. On the floor there is a mountainous formation located centrally and on the eastern side there is a beautiful arched mountainous belt that creates the impression that Fabricius has a double border to the east.

Magnitude: -10.82
Phase: 0.46
Distance: 399.283 km
Illuminated: 45.6% (0% = New, 100% = Full)

Astronomical instrument: Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope,
Eyepiece: Plossl 20mm, 2x Barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Camera: Sony CX130
Filter: no
Date: 30.01.2012
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: FastStone Image Viewer

In the picture below are labeled craters and other lunar features in the region. To better understand this photo, you should note that the label with the name or the letter of larger craters could be found at their center, and on the small craters, you should find them around them, usually above.


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