LRO Offers Sunrise View of Crater Tycho's Peak

Tycho crater's central peak complex, shown here, is about 9.3 miles (15 km) wide, left to right (southeast to northwest in this view)On June 10, 2011, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft pointed the LRO narrow angle cameras to capture a dramatic sunrise view of Tycho crater.

A very popular target with amateur astronomers, Tycho is located at 43.37°S, 348.68°E, and is about 82 kilometers (51 miles) in diameter. The summit of the central peak (shown at left) is 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) above the crater floor. The distance from Tycho’s floor to its rim is about 4.7 kilometers (2.92 miles).

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This image is directly related to NASA Now: Lunar Mathematics and Mapping, as well as the NASA Explorer Schools “On the Moon Educator’s Guide: On Target” activity.

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  1. Thank you so much, it’s beautiful. I’d like to see like that with my scope =)
    Have a nice day you and your loved ones.

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