The Moon's Largest Craters and Basins: Images and Topographic Maps from LRO, GRAIL, and Kaguya
This most recent book from lunar expert Charles J. Byrne combines the latest comprehensive imagery, topography and gravity data from all three recent Moon missions, Kaguya, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and GRAIL. These major polar-orbit surveys are presented here in compact form for the convenience of amateur and practical astronomers concerned with the Moon. Chosen from the Near and Far Side's large craters and basins over 200 km in diameter, each of the 71 highlighted features is depicted with a two-page presentation of the data that includes false color topographic maps next to the mission images. Additionally, the features are presented in the estimated chronological sequence of their creation, based on a consideration of stratigraphy (overlapping layers from neighboring features) and the relative degradation of surface features. Using this sequence as a way to convey the relative ages of lunar features, the author presents various theories concerning the Moon’s impact and thermal history e.g. the available evidence allows for constraints to be placed on the duration of the Late Heavy Bombardment period. The relationships between impact dynamics and variations in the gravity field of the Moon are also discussed. The new mission data makes possible this renewed conjecture about the history and evolution of the Moon, which is presented here with much worthwhile information for amateurs and professionals alike.
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Generating the Sequence of Features
Feature Diameter as a Function of Sequence Number
Initial Depth and Later Isostatic Compensation
Bouguer Gravity Anomaly Patterns of Impact Features
The PreNectarian Period
The Nectarian Period
The Early Imbrian Period
References and Notes
Gazetteer Tables G1 and G2
The Moons Topographic Dichotomy and the Near Side Megabasin
The Procellarum Region
The South PoleAitken Basin
Method of Computing Relative Compensation
The Late Imbrian Period
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Charles J. Byrne
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Age group antinode Apollo apparent crater Apparent Diameter Appendix Basin Image Basin Topography Bouguer anomaly Bouguer gravity anomaly Bouguer map shows Bouguer pattern C.J. Byrne Catalog cavity Chap Crater Density craters and basins crust degraded ejecta field Eratosthenian floor GRAIL graph gravity anomaly Humboldtianum Image and Profile Imbrium Basin impact basin impact crater impact features impactors initial depth isostatic compensation km Apparent Depth km Rim Crest km Target large craters Late Heavy Bombardment lava layer Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mantle mGal mGal Fig Montes Rook Moon Moon’s Largest Craters Moscoviense Basin Nectarian Nectarian period Oceanus Procellarum older Orientale Basin parameters peak ring positive Bouguer power law pre-Nectarian Procellarum region radial features radial profile Relative Compensation Right rim and ejecta Rim Crest Diam Schrödinger Sequence Number shock wave side bulge Side Megabasin solid target areas South Pole-Aitken Basin stratigraphy topographic map Topography and Bouguer younger