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Clavius Crater - The Moon

No one can tire of seeing images of our sister "planet" - the Moon.
Here the southern limb shows off some of its magnificent craters and features.
In the centre of the image is the crater Clavius. This large crater sports a whole retinue of smaller craters within itself - indeed the well defined impact crater resting on the right hand side of Clavius is Rutherford.
Whilst no evidence of the huge rays associated with Tycho ( top left) when the moon is full, can be seen in this view, its walls are well picked out including the central peak.
Clavius is 225 kilometres in diameter and named after the German mathematician and astronomer, described as the Euclid of the sixteenth century.
Tycho is a mere 85 kilometres and named after Tycho Brahe the Danish astronomer who outlined planetary motion.

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Album name:Ray Hemming / The Moon
Rating (3 votes):22222
Telescope aperture and focal ratio:12" reflector.
Filesize:132 KiB
Date added:Jul 12, 2001
Dimensions:400 x 540 pixels
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