WAXING GIBBOUS MOON 12.3 DAYS OLD, 2.6 DAYS TO FULL
The Moon is in its waxing gibbous phase, 12.3 days from new. North is up and to the
left. The terminator, the sunrise line, defines the left-hand edge. Mare Serenitatis is
directly above center, with Tranquillitatis down and to the right of it, Imbrium down and
to the left. Long, thin Frigoris is above Imbrium.
Just below the center lies Mare Nubium, with Humorum down and to the left of it.
The dark spot at far upper right is Mare Crisium; Foecunditatis is down and to the right of it.
Three bright, rayed, young craters are obvious, Tycho
(just 100 million years old) well down and to the right of center, Copernicus somewhat down and to the
left of center, Kepler down and to the left of Copernicus. The "rays" are splashmarks
(actually strings of secondary craters) that have not yet darkened. The bright crater near the terminator
to the left of Copernicus is Aristarchus. At bottom, thr crater Schickard (225 km across) has just
come into view.