Planets and Moons  ID: 4220

Hyperwall: Tycho Central Peak

This image set is formatted for NASA's hyperwall, a tiled display with a combined resolution of up to 9600 x 3240.

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 Animator
Laurence Schuler (ADNET): Project Support
Ian Jones (ADNET): Project Support
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LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter)

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LRO/LROC/Narrow Angle Camera also referred to as: NAC
June 10, 2011; May 27, 2010
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