Sunrise on the Moon

tychoCentralPeaks_lro950The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this picture of Tycho crater’s central peak complex casting a long, dark shadow near local sunrise. The dramatic oblique view was The rugged complex is about 15 km wide and is believed to have formed in uplift by the giant impact that created the well-known ray crater 100 million years ago. The summit of its central peak reaches 2 km above the Tycho crater floor. Features as small as 1.5 m are visible in the image.

Image Credit: NASA

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