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Crater Copernicus on the Moon

Crater Copernicus on the Moon

Depicts: Moon, Crater Copernicus
Copyright: John Caldwell (York University, Ontario), Alex Storrs (STScI), and NASA

Hubble's crisp bird's-eye view clearly shows the ray pattern of bright dust ejected out of the crater over one billion years ago, when an asteroid larger than a mile across slammed into the Moon. Hubble can resolve features as small as 600 feet across in the terraced walls of the crater, and the hummock-like blanket of material blasted out by the meteor impact.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
20-Feb-2024 22:07 UT

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