Lunar Highlands


A crater-capped hill casts a deep shadow near Vertregt J crater

In another rare oblique-angle view from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter we get a look at the hilly highland terrain around a lunar crater called Vertregt J. The image above shows a shadow being cast by a cratered ridge…check out the image at right for a larger zoomable view of the region. (This area is on the Moon’s far side so it’s not something that can ever be viewed directly from Earth.)

Full view of the highlands near Vertregt J

The LRO captured these images as it was maneuvering into position to image Aitken Crater (see previous post). While it’s difficult for the LRO to get images at these kinds of angles because of issues with heat and the other instruments needing a straight-down orientation, the perspective they provide on surface details is well worth the risk!

Read more on the LRO mission site here.

Image: NASA / GSFC / Arizona State University

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  1. Jason Barron says:

    Nice post! When I was a teenager, I used to consider myself an “amateur astronomer”, and then slowly drifted away…now that I have kids of my own, I’m thinking of (next summer) buying a new telescope and getting back into it!


    1. J. Major says:

      Hey if you’ve got the sky (and the cash!) for a telescope, go for it! They’re way better now than they were years ago, that’s for sure. They even do automated tracking and locating for you now. Not bad!


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