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luna - waxing gibbous moon

A waxing gibbous moon as observed from New Zealand (Southern Hemisphere) on August 2, 2009. Photograph taken 4 hours after sunset.

 

The craters Tycho, Copernicus, and Plato can easily be seen in this photograph. Along the darkness of the terminator, Aristarchus's 40km wide crater rim can be seen rising to a height of 2km catching the light from our local star, Sun.

 

Flickr notes on this photograph show the approximate locations of the Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 lunar module landing sites. Some notable craters are also included. (Only old style Flickr pages now show notes!)

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Taken on August 2, 2009