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(2013-11-13 21:49)

About this Object

The Moon is the only natural satellite of Earth. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art and mythology. The Moon's gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and the minute lengthening of the day. The Moon is thought to have formed nearly 4.5 billion years ago, not long after the Earth. Although there have been several hypotheses for its origin in the past, the current most widely accepted explanation is that the Moon formed from the debris left over after a giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body

About this Image

This image features the crater Gassendi (110km diameter) in the northern Mare Humorum. Note that the southern crater wall appears to have been the entry point for Humorum's basaltic lava flows that have flooded the crater's floor. Also dominant in this image on the left side is crater Bulliadus (61km diameter) in Mare Nubium.

--- Date/Time ---
Local: 2013-11-13 21:49:34
UTC: 2013-11-14 00:49:34

--- Location ---
The Ashton Observatory at Johnson Farms, Ashton MD
(Latitude N39.15°, Longitude W77.01°, Elevation 510')

--- Conditions ---
Temperature: 38° Medium seeing

--- Optics ---
Televue NP101is 101mm f/5.35 Refractor with Televue 4x Powermate

--- Camera ---
Canon EOS 60Da

--- Exposure ---
Qty 1 1/-second ISO

--- Post-Processing ---

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