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Permanent Shadows on the Moon

As the Earth and Moon orbit around the Sun, there are places on the Moon that never receive direct sunlight. Most of these permanently shadowed regions are at the lunar poles. This animation approximates the permanently shadowned regions pertaining to the Moon's south pole by maintaining a maximum sun angle to the surface of 1.5 degrees. These permanently shadowed areas are of interest because they could hold water ice. (NOTE: South Pole Digital Elevation Maps [DEM] based on publically released JAXA/Selene data.)
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This sample composite combines all the animation elements listed below to visually tell the story of permanent shadows on the Moon.  The aquamarine areas highlight the permanently shadowed regions.    This sample composite combines all the animation elements listed below to visually tell the story of permanent shadows on the Moon. The aquamarine areas highlight the permanently shadowed regions.
Duration: 2.0 minutes
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  320x180     PNG           78 KB
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Zoom In: This animation begins with the full Moon in view and after one lunar cycle zooms in to the lunar south pole.  (NOTE: The last frame of this animation matches the first frames of the    Zoom In: This animation begins with the full Moon in view and after one lunar cycle zooms in to the lunar south pole. (NOTE: The last frame of this animation matches the first frames of the "Bird's Eye View" and "Move to Tilted View".)
Duration: 39.0 seconds
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Bird's Eye View: With the camera looking straight down at the lunar south pole (Shackleton Crater is in the center of the screen) the light cycles one time around to show the full effect of shadows at the south pole.  (NOTE: The first frame of this animation matches the last frame of    Bird's Eye View: With the camera looking straight down at the lunar south pole (Shackleton Crater is in the center of the screen) the light cycles one time around to show the full effect of shadows at the south pole. (NOTE: The first frame of this animation matches the last frame of "Zoom in" and the last frame matches the first frame of "Move to Tilted View".)
Duration: 20.0 seconds
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  1280x720   MPEG-4   15 MB
  1280x720   MPEG-2   8 MB
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Matte layer highlighting permanent shadows for    Matte layer highlighting permanent shadows for "Bird's Eye View" sequence.

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Move to Tilted View: In this part of the animation, the camera changes perspective from a straight down bird's eye view of the lunar south pole to a more angled look of the same area.  (NOTE: The first frame of this seqence matches the last frames of    Move to Tilted View: In this part of the animation, the camera changes perspective from a straight down bird's eye view of the lunar south pole to a more angled look of the same area. (NOTE: The first frame of this seqence matches the last frames of "Zoom In" and "Bird's Eye View".)
Duration: 20.0 seconds
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  1280x720   MPEG-2   11 MB
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Tilted View: In this animation, the camera is parked, looking down at Shackleton Crater at an angle while the shadows cycle through a full 360 degree rotation.    Tilted View: In this animation, the camera is parked, looking down at Shackleton Crater at an angle while the shadows cycle through a full 360 degree rotation.
Duration: 20.0 seconds
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Matte layer highlighting permanent shadows for    Matte layer highlighting permanent shadows for "Tilted View" sequence.

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Print resolution image of the lunar south pole showing Shackleton Crater in the center.    Print resolution image of the lunar south pole showing Shackleton Crater in the center.

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Another print resolution image with the camera tilted, showing Shackleton Crater in the center of the image.    Another print resolution image with the camera tilted, showing Shackleton Crater in the center of the image.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3577
Animation Number:3577
Completed:2009-05-06
Animators:Alex Kekesi (GST) (Lead)
 Ernie Wright (UMBC)
 Marte Newcombe (GST)
Producer:Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC)
Scientists:John Keller (NASA/GSFC)
 Richard Vondrak (NASA/GSFC)
 Tim McClanahan (NASA)
Project Support:James W. Williams (GST)
 Tom Bridgman (GST)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:KAGUYA/Laser Altimeter (LALT)/DEM (2007/12/30 to 2008/03/31)
 Unified Lunar Control Network 2005 (1970 to 2005)
 Clementine/UVVIS Camera/750-nm Basemap (1994/02/26-1994/05/05)
 Clementine/HIRES (1994/02/26-1994/05/05)
Series:The Moon
 LRO Pre-launch
Goddard TV Tape:G2009-030 -- LRO Pre-Launch Resource Tape
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. Digital Elevation Map (DEM) data of the lunar south pole provided by the JAXA/Selene.
 
Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Ice
SVS >> Lunar
SVS >> Moon
SVS >> Water
SVS >> Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Moon >> South Pole
SVS >> Shadowed Regions
SVS >> Shackleton Crater
 
 


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Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0

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