The week of July 19-25 takes us from Lunar Day 10 to Day 17. This week we will highlight the crater Schiller, viewable Tuesday and Wednesday night in the SW quadrant.
Schiller: [SW/Q6] Schiller is a curiosity. It has the appearance of an unusually elongated crater, but there is no process that could create one crater with such an extremely elongated axis; however, there is no indication on the floor of separate impacts. The current belief is that Schiller was created when a flight of three or four projectiles landed at virtually the same moment. The liquefied target zones then blended together to leave no trace of separate impacts.
Just to the southwest of Schiller there is an unnamed basin (viewable Wed.night) which shows striations from lunar material that was blasted out of the Orientale basin [Day 13], located just around the southwest limb of the Moon. Just to the southwest of Schiller there is an unnamed basin (viewable Wed.night) which shows striations from lunar material that was blasted out of the Orientale basin [Day 13], located just around the southwest limb of the Moon in the L-M libration zone on your Field Map.
It is highly recommended that you get a copy of Sky and Telescope’s Field Map of the Moon, the very finest Moon map available for use at the telescope. It is available for $10.95 at www.skyandtelescope.com and on Amazon. All features mentioned in this blog will be keyed to the grid on the Field Map and will look like this: Plato: [NW/D9]
Courtesy of Gray Photography of Corpus Christi, Texas
Lunar photos: NASA / USGS / BMDO / LROC / ASU / DLR / LOLA / Moon Globe. Used by permission
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