12 day old Moon. What comes into
view now on the surface of the Moon are the magnificent ray systems from Crater Tycho (to
the top of photo) and Crater Copernicus further down. This is light coloured material that
was thrown out at the time of impact from a asteroid or comet billions of years ago. The
fine rays were thrown over thousands of kilometres and we see them clearly now because
they are fully illuminated by the Sun at this nearly full phase.
before 11.20 p.m. just a little sliver of light was left on the eastern limb of the Moon.
Then the Moon entered fully into the shadow of the Earth (umbra) and immediately turned
this beautiful soft golden colour in the sky which was a fantastic sight to see.
3 day old Waxing
Crescent Moon at higher magnification. We have the whole area of the lovely Lunar Sea of
Crises (Mare Crisium) in view with its smooth surface and mountainous walls. The large
crater to the south in the photo is Crater Cleomedes a very prominent crater (126 km) in
A scene you will probably never get to see, so take a
moment and enjoy God at work at the North Pole.
This is the sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its closest point. And you also see
the sun below the moon.
An amazing photo and not one easily duplicated.
The "dark side"
of the moon is visible here, illuminated by Earthshine, the Sun's light reflected off the
day side of the Earth.
Brilliant Venus, shining at magnitude -3.9, is visible to the lower
left of the moon, which is just one day old.