Apollo 11, Aristarchus Crater, Astronomy, Astrophotography, Copernicus Crater, Craters, Grimaldi Crater, Kepler Crater, Lunar Seas, Moon, Neil Armstrong, Photography, Sea of Moisture, Sea of Serenity, Sea of Tranquility, Tycho Crater
It rained on the night of President Benigno C. Aquino inauguration. I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to get a nice picture of the moon. As luck would have it, the rains stopped…the sky cleared up. All the dust in the atmosphere got washed down too!
I took several shots (naturally)…this one was one of the really clear ones! After consulting Space.com, I’ve inserted labels in the picture below.
The Sea of Serenity (Latin: Mare Serenitatis) is solid lava 380 miles (610 km) across. The Sea of Tranquility (Latin: Mare Tranquillitatis) is a smooth plain filled with once-molten lava that welled up from below after an impact billions of years ago. Apollo 11 landed near the edge. That’s why Neil Armstrong said, “Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed!” Tycho, is a crater produced by the impact of a large asteroid 109 million years ago. The bright rays emanating from it are ejecta blasted out of the crust. Copernicus was formed 800 million years ago, and is 57 miles (92 km) wide. It has central peaks and terraced walls. Kepler is a smaller version of Copernicus. Grimaldi is a lava-filled crater, and is one of the darkest spots you can see on the Moon. It’s 145 miles wide (233 km). The Sea of Moisture (Latin: Mare Humorum) is about 220 miles (350 km) across. It’s visible to the naked eye.