Thursday, 20 December 2007

Burning ring of fire...on the Moon

Earlier this week I was observing the gibbous moon, I noticed what looked like a burning ring of fire to the north of Plato.

It turned out to be the crater Fontenelle.

The whole rim of this crater was sunlit, giving a wonderful light show down here in Simpson Cross.

The main body of the crater was on the terminator, further enhancing the effect of the bright ring.It was mesmerising, I had not seen this event before.

This was approximately 6.00 to 6.30p.m. 18/12/07.... the moon was gibbous.

I was outside again at 10.00p.m. the effect had lessened, the sun's rays had moved on slightly.

As long as I time it right, hopefully in 28 days time +- I will see it again....

1 comment:

Sidewalk Universe said...

YES!!!!!! The Lunar North Pole Region strikes again! Overlooked by the splashier South you discovered a gem of a crater my friend!

The lighting effects up here are awesome and they change fast as you found out!

Go Pembs!

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