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Schools' Moonwatch 2010


Copernicus Credit Peter Grego
Copernicus
15 November 2010 Plato is still prominent in the north; to its south and west in Mare Imbrium can be seen a number of fascinating isolated mountain peaks and small mountain ranges, including Montes Recti (the Straight Range) and Montes Teneriffe (Teneriffe Mountains).

Copernicus (95 km) bathes in the morning Sun in all its glory. Note its pronounced wide terraced walls, its central peaks and radiating craters and ridges; to its north lie Montes Carpatus (the lunar Carpathians) on the southern border of Mare Imbrium. If you can manage to draw your attention away from this splendid crater, you’ll discern several smaller, though very interesting craters nearby. Fauth (12 km) to its south is a small crater shaped like a keyhole – it was probably formed by the impact of a large chunk of material excavated by the Copernicus impact.

The rims of several largely buried craters poke above the plains near Copernicus, notably the ghostly Stadius (71 km) to the east, a feature partly outlined (coincidentally) by secondary craters from Copernicus, and the smaller Hortensius E southwest of Copernicus.

Clavius
Clavius

Far in the south, Clavius remains an impressive formation. How many small craters can you count on its floor? If you manage around 30, you’re doing very well. Several other large old craters lie in Clavius’ vicinity – Maginus (168 km) to its northeast, Longomontanus (150 km) and Scheiner (114 km), on the terminator to its west, and Blancanus (109 km) to its south.

Notes by Peter Grego

Reference map
1 Montes Recti and Montes Teneriffe; 2 Montes Carpatus; 3 Copernicus 4 Stadius; 5 Clavius; 6 Maginus; 7 Longomontanus; 8 Blancanus. For a larger map go to http://www.popastro.com/moonwatch/moon_guide/moonmap.html
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Mare Crisium
Mare Crisium

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