365 Days of the Moon -- August 17, 2014

Moretus and Curtius



      This wide view is the southern highlands is centered on Moretus, the wide terraced crater with the pronounced central peak, and equally 
      wide but older Curtius to the right of Moretus, This region is in the far southern latitudes of the Moon and is often ignored by the 
      casual viewer because the craters appear to jumble together. But if you take the time to navigate by "crater-hopping", some interesting 
      places can be found.  Directly below Moretus is the crater Short, and to the lower left of Short is Newton, as in Issac, not my Canadian 
      friend Jack. Continue south to the horizon and there are several pronounced bumps. If my navigation is correct, these are the mountainous 
      rims near Cebeus, the crater where several years ago NASA crashed the probe that looked for lunar polar ice.  I can pick out about 50 
      small craterlets within the big crater, most probably secondaries created by ejecta from nearby Tycho.

Image taken with a Celestron 11 Edge HD, 2.5X Powermate, and a Skyris 274M camera.


Image copyright Robert Reeves 2014


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