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Bright crater

Started by slotdrag, 03/20/2008 09:11PM
Posted 03/20/2008 09:11PM Opening Post
At about the seven oclock area there is a real bright crater can somebody tell me the name of it ?.
Posted 03/21/2008 05:32AM #1
That's not much to go on, but there is a good chance you are talking about Aristarchus. It is very bright and noticeable.

Clear skies, Alan
Posted 03/21/2008 05:47AM #2
Well the seven o'clock position can mean different things depending on what you are using to view the moon. Binoculars give you a correct image orientation while a refractor with a mirror diagonal will reverse left and right while maintaining the correct top and bottom orientation. A Newtonian reflector will give still another upside down image. I will make the assumption you were using binoculars or even you unaided eye. If so, I suspect you are talking about Tycho. It is by far the brightest crater in the position you are referring. Here is a very useful link you can use to get the names of many of the features of the Moon. It shows the Moon as a hole and is then broken down into smaller sections where you can mouse over craters and other objects and the website will show you the names of them.

Hope this helps,