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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Video-Copernicus crater and the central peaks

         Copernicus crater is a fresh impact crater with bright rays, 95 km in diameter located on the near side Moon, visible from Earth.
Crater central peaks of this region was one of the nine areas considered for possible landing in the Apollo Moon exploration program.
       Copernicus contains several prominent central peaks rising to about 800 m above the crater floor.
Apollo had objectives on the central peaks of Copernicus including the collecting of samples of Moon materials and examination of the structure of a large impact crater. However, the Apollo program was terminated in 1972, with no mission in the crater Copernicus.

        Information on the lunar areas composition are obtained only by remote sensing techniques.
Various sophisticated techniques can be used from the orbit of the Moon, but the only methods available since 1972 involved only using earth based telescopes.

Video by: Victor Lupu
Optics: Celestron C8"-Newtonian telescope, plossl 20mm, 2x Barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Device: Sony CX105 at 4x optical zoom
Total magnification: 400x
Filter: No
Date: 12/05/2011
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Editing: Video stabilized in Sony Vegas 10

Images of this video can be seen on the article Copernicus crater-optical illusion.


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