Lunar Images by Philipp Salzgeber




Wolfurt / Austria

 Observing the Full Moon
For many astronomers, the full moon is mostly a nuisance, a natural kind of light pollution, making deep-sky observations impossible and astrophotography difficult. But it is a rewarding target for observation in itself, move your mouse pointer over the links in the left column of the table below and see some regions of interest highlighted in this image of the full moon.
Alphonsus dark spots The crater Alphonsus contains some small dark spots which are easily visible on a full moon. They consist of volcanic material.
Reiner Gamma A mysterious swirl of bright material on the floor of a mare. No topographic features are associated with that swirl, but a magnetic anomaly.
Aristarchus region The Brightest area on the moon. On the full moon the very bright crater Aristarchus, and the slightly different color of the Aristarchus region can be discerned.
Tycho This you crater is surrounded by a dark ring of glassy material which was melted during the impact.
Bessel ray A bright ray crossing the floor of Mare Serenitatis
Copernicus crater On a full moon the light-grey colored ejecta blanked surrounding the crater itself is very visible.
Proclus The distinct shape of the rays of this crater point to a very oblique impact.
Mare Australe Peeking across the horizon Mare Australe can be seen.
South Pole On the South pole of the moon may be crater floors which are perpetually in shadow, and might harbour water ice.

All images © Philipp Salzgeber

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