Sunday, January 15, 2006
Beautiful Clavius
On Monday January 9th I observed the Moon for a few hours. One of my favorite regions, the Longomontanus-Clavius-Moretus region, lay near the terminator, and was beautifully lit. Clavius itself is a large crater (or is it a basin?) with a diameter of 225 km. On the floor of Clavius, I could not only see the well-known semi-circular row of craters (Rutherfurd, Clavius D, C, N and J) but also numerous smaller craters. Towards the southern rim I could see between 10 and 15 of these small features on the lava flooded floor of Clavius. On the crater’s circular rim I saw 4 smaller craters superimposed, Rutherfurd and Porter on the east, and Clavius K and L on the opposite side. This was also the first time I had a closer look at the walls of Clavius. There were numerous small craters visible, and some parts of the rim looked like they were more or less slumped and degraded.
Posted by Math on 01/15 at 10:26 AM | (0) Comments | filed in: Lunar log | Print