Hyperwall: Tycho Central Peak
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On June 10, 2011, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) slewed 65° to the west, allowing its narrow-angle camera (the LROC NAC) to capture this dramatic sunrise view of the mountains at the center of Tycho crater. It's not hard to see why this image was the winner of the Moon as Art contest.
A popular target of amateur astronomers, Tycho is located at 43.3°S, 11.4°W, and is about 85 kilometers (55 miles) wide. A system of bright ejecta rays radiating from the crater is easily visible in binoculars and small telescopes during Full Moon. The crater's features are so steep and sharp because it's only about 110 million years old, quite young by lunar standards.
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- Ernie Wright (USRA) [Lead]
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LRO NAC (Narrow Angle Camera)ID: 652Collected with LROC June 10, 2011; May 27, 2010
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