Dark Side of the Moon

Craters_at_the_Moon_s_south_poleBoth the far side and near side of the Moon receive sunlight during a month. Still, Pink Floyd fans may be cheered to know that there are parts of the Moon that never see the Sun. There is a dark side of the Moon. The Moon’s axis has a tilt of 1.5º which causes the bottoms of some craters to be in permanent shadow.

This picture was assembled from images taken during summertime in the Moon’s southern hemisphere by the Advanced Moon Imaging Experiment on ESA’s SMART-1 spacecraft and shows a crater-riddled region around the lunar south pole. It is made up of around 40 individual images taken between December 2005 and March 2006, and covers an area of about 500 x 150 km.

Image Credit: ESA

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