Moon Mosaic

Our only natural satellite is a quarter of an Earth-diameter across, and thirty Earth-diameters away. It is made up of the same sort of material as the Earth, but it lacks a hefty iron core, so the Moon probably formed when a large planetoid struck the Earth and blew off a large amount of material four billion years ago.

In these images (a mosaic of 9 frames), the Moon is six days old and about 40% illuminated. You can tell that sunlight is coming from the right, leaving the left side of the Moon in darkness (and that’s all there is to the phases of the Moon; you are not seeing the Earth’s shadow!).

You can view the full-resolution image here

The smallest features are about a kilometer in size. Have fun walking on the moon!

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