Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lunar Bull's Eye

Hey Space Placers! **Tune in tomorrow for a Sky Guy VIEWING ALERT for Mercury**

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has studied and photographed the Moon to a degree of detail never acheived before. The data and photographs obtained have provided a bonanza to lunar scientists and will keep them busy for years to come.

We now have the most detailed views ever of the lunar farside and one of the most impressive features is Mare Orientale. This impact basin looks like a bulls-eye and resulted from a comet or asteroid impact billions of years ago. The LRO image is a mosaic that reveals very fine details.

We can only see a portion of the basin from Earth, namely the ridges that form the outer boundary of the basin when Earth-Moon alignments are favorable.

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