• Tycho crater, named after the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. One of the Moon's most easily identifiable features.
  • Mare Serenitatis, the Sea of Serenity. A beautiful name and one of the eyes of the Man in the Moon.
  • Mare Crisium. The Sea of Crises is roughly the same size as Great Britain. There is a crater inside it called 'Picard'. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
  • Mare Frigori, the Sea of Cold. If you spent the night on the Moon you would need a good sleeping bag because the temperature drops to -173 degrees Celsius. You wouldn't need a kettle to make your tea in the morning though as the temperature during the day is higher than the boiling point of water.
  • Plato crater. The coolest crater because this is where Moonbase Alpha was built shortly before the Moon was blown out of orbit in 1999.
  • Copernicus crater is named after Nicolaus Copernicus who was a Polish astronomer who looked like Freddie Mercury. There is also a Copernicus crater on Mars.
  • Oceanus Procellarum, the Ocean of Storms. There are no storms on the Moon. Mind you, there are no actual seas either. Early astronomers believed differently though, hence the names.
  • Mare Imbrium, the Sea of Showers. The mountains around this giant basin are 7 km high. That's higher than the Andes.
  • Mare Nubium, the Sea of Clouds. Early observations of the ghostly features of this crater conjured up the idea of clouds on the Moon.
  • Mare Tranquillitatis, the Sea of Tranquility. Famous for being the landing site of Apollo 11, the first manned landing on the Moon.
  • Mare Fecunditatis, the Sea of Fertility. Boring. If you are out for a night on the Moon then avoid Mare Fecunditatis.
  • Ansgarius crater. The sharp rim of this crater and its proximity to the visible edge produces the nice contrast. This illustrates why the full moon is not a good time for photographs.
  • Mare Nectaris, the Sea of Nectar. Formed in the Moon's Nectarian period. Duh!
  • Mare Humorum, the Sea of Moisture. Probably the funniest named place on the Moon.

A mini-guide to our wonderful Moon

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If the Earth were the size of a saucer then the moon would be the size of an eggcup. They would be about two car lengths apart. On this scale, our sun would be the size of a tennis court and two kilometres away.

We believe that the Moon was formed when the Earth collided with a rock as big as itself. The Moon was only about 22,500 km from us back then. That's the size of a side plate on the above scale.

The Moon is still moving away from us and one day it will be gone. However, we have discovered that Earth may have another natural satellite. Google 'Cruithne' if you don't believe me!

This was taken using a 75 quid lens and a cheesy Jessop's teleconverter proving that you don't need to spend a fortune to investigate the night skies.

--stevejc--, 1800Mattress, and 39 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. PHOTO DAVE 2008 [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

    Great shot & interesting info

  2. --stevejc-- 57 months ago | reply

    Great shot, wikipedia eat your heart out!! :)

  3. fbizinc 41 months ago | reply

    Brilliant shot & thanks for the interesting information. Tea, Earl Grey, Hot. Amazing!

  4. forever--free [deleted] 23 months ago | reply

    Great Shot!

  5. Grandgi 23 months ago | reply

    Thank you for sharing!

  6. Scott Umstattd 3 months ago | reply

    Great photo! I want you to know that I used it on my blog www.picture-power.com/how-to-photograph-the-moon.html. Thanks for sharing!

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