Mare Serenitatis NE Mosaic 8.10.09

This pic was entered to IYA 2009Galilean Nights Beyond Earth Competion

( telescopes alowed up to 8" )

unbelievably it got thru to shorlisted last 10 which i am very proud about

details here

unfortuneately i didn't realise it had been shortlisted till after winner announced

and i failed to provide further details in time limit allowed

so was unable to be considered for Winner and 2 runner's up prizes

still very happy with making it thru to shorlist tho lol


Captured 5 seperate 30sec 10fps AVI's on 8.10.09 @f23.6

stacked between 80-140 best frames from each AVI then stiched 5 together in iMerge,


not best quality seeing or AVI but they did stitch together well, shows NE part of Moon on Day 19 Lunation.


As I'm still learning about various parts of Moon heres a FEW things i found out relating to pic.


Starting towards left of pic we have Craters Aristoteles alongwith Eudoxus both containing Mountains and hills.

To the upper right of these is very raised crater Burg,

the Riles network Rimae Burg can be seen around this area which is known as Lacus (Lake) Mortis, which is without doubt old crater filled with Lava.

South a bit from Burg we have 2 Craters together the left one being Plana which has Mountanous region in South aswell as Central Mountain clearly visible in pic.

Raised Crater to right and further South is called Grove which is to right of another Lunar lake this time Lacus Somniorum.

Again bit further South another similar sized and Raised crater Daniell, which is Just above the very interesting and larger crater Posidonius.


Posidinious is unmissable with numerous craterlets, and Rimae Posidonius,lines of crest.

To bottom left of Posidinius is crater, Chacornac and another Rilles network, Rimae Chacornac.

Bit lower we have Le Monnier Damaged Circular Crater, filled with very somber lava, this was place of Luna 21 and trip to ground of Lunakhod 2.

The opened part of crater leads on to Mare Serentatis which is 6th lunar Sea.

To left of Le Monnier we have Dorsa Aldovandri, and Dorsa Smirnov which are wrinkle ridge networks oriented N-S line.

When looking closly crater Very can be seen on meridian part of Dorsa Smirnov.


Something i found interesting was age of some of mentioned areas above.


Eudoxus, Copernician Period from -1.1 billion yrs ago to present days.


Aristoteles, Eratosthenian Period from -3.2 billion yrs ago to -1.1 billion yrs ago


Mare Serenitatis, Nectarian Period Dated from -3.92 billion yrs ago to -3.85 billion yrs ago


Lacus Montis, Lacus Somniorum, Grove, Pre-Imbrium Period Dated -4.55 billion yrs ago to -3.85 billion yrs ago

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Taken on October 14, 2009