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Aristarchus Crater Panorama

Aristarchus Crater West Wall

Good morning, everyone.

Today I’m going to share some excellent astronomical porn with you all, so please try to contain your excitement.

On November 10, 2011, The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) made a low-altitude pass 42 miles to the east of Aristarchus crater, one of the brightest features on the Moon, and took an amazing panoramic image of the western wall of the crater. The LRO was flying at just over 16 miles above the lunar surface at the time, so the image has incredible detail.

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