This detailed color image centers on the beautiful crater Plato just beneath Mare Imbrium (the Sea of Showers). Up and right from Plato is the short Montes Recti range. In the upper left the two distinctive craters are Kepler and Copernicus. Copernicus is the bigger one.
Copernicus is a prominent crater easily visible at a distance due to the bright ejecta radiating from the center of impact. The interior is marked by distinctive peaks and the rim has collapsed and eroded in sections. The the right, Kepler is surrounded by rays that extend 500km across the lunar surface.
A close up of the large crater named Copernicus on the moon, with smaller but prominent Kepler to the side.
Hold on to your hats! We're going for a ride. 2023 was a breakout year for my astrophotography as I had my first access to dark sites, refined my Milky Way technique, got closer to the moon and started working with planets, processed my first comet, made my first solar filter to take solar shots, and a lot of new and improved targets with the addition of narrowband filters.
2023-12-14 00:00:00 +0000