Sometimes I miss those long nights howling at the moon.
Always amazing and always different.
Got no mountain, got no dome. Still I love what I can see from home - I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night!
from Annie Get Your Telescope… of course.
I love the diversity of lunar surface in this field surrounding the large flooded crater Pitatus… the strange little concentric rimmed crater Hesiodus A, ancient eroded Gauricus and its neighbor, even more ancient and eroded Wurzelbauer. I also love the name of this picture… one of my best (or worst) lunar puns. 8^)
Seen at their best near first and last quarter, Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus and Arzachel are stunning in any telescope. There is so much lunar history packed into this rugged landscape. The intriguing little chain of craterlets called Catena Davy gives us clues to the fact that the moon is not standing still. Click here for a closer look.
Lunar craters don’t change much. There is no atmosphere or weather to disrupt them… only the solar wind and debris from subsequent impacts. I am guessing Aristarchus looks much as it did shortly after it was formed 450 million years ago. Click on the image to see the full sized version and wider field field of view.
Moonrise at 30,000 feet
…one of the reasons why I always ask for a window seat.