Crater Copernicus on the Moon

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.

Credit:

John Caldwell (York University, Ontario), Alex Storrs (STScI), and NASA/ESA

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Id:opo9914b
Type:Observation
Release date:16 April 1999, 06:00
Size:4189 x 2624 px

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Name:Crater Copernicus, Moon
Type:• Solar System : Planet : Satellite : Feature : Surface
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