October 9th 2008 Moon
Hooray ! Explore Oct 9, 2008 - These 136 photos have made it to Flickr's Explore!
View the map notes on the photo above! This was taken with a Canon 400mm f/5.6L lens along with 1.4x and 2.0x multipliers. This is the same lens that I use for most of my wildlife photos! It was purposely underexposed to bring out the details in the moon.
The moon's rotation is synchronized so the same side of the moon always faces the Earth. The far side (aka the dark side) of the moon has only been photographed from spacecraft.
The dark areas on the moon (lava flows) are what the eye discerns as the dark "seas" (Latin; maria).
On the moon there are no mountains and there is no continental drift. Everywhere, the moon is covered by rocky rubble created from the constant bombardment of meteoroids, asteroids, and comets.
The distance between the Earth and its moon averages about 238,900 miles (384,000 kilometers). The diameter of the moon is 2,160 miles (3,476 kilometers). The surface gravity of the moon is only one-sixth that of the Earth.