365 Days of the Moon -- August 28, 2014

Pitiscus, Hommel, Mutus sunset

Here is another of my recent terminator images that sent me on a search mission to identify what the heck these craters are. Since I knew the area had to be close to where my mystery image was a few days ago, it didn't take long to zero in on the proper targets. The crater at upper right with the central peak just catching the setting sun is 50-mile wide Pitiscus on the southeastern quadrant of the Moon. While Pitiscus is an old Nectarian Epoch crater, the complex shadowed crater below it is even older. Hommel is pre-Nectarian, which means it is one of the oldest surviving craters on the Moon. Too bad it is all in shadow, as its ruination if magnificent! At the bottom left is Mutus, another pre-Nectarian relic. The low sun accentuates the hundreds of small secondary craters dusting the sunset landscape.

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

Image copyright Robert Reeves 2014

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