Tonight’s Super Flower Moon should not be missed!
Tonight, the third and final supermoon of the entire year will grace the sky — and it’s going to be beautiful!
Here are the 10 features to find on the “Super Flower Moon” along with an excellent diagram from Forbes to
help you find them.
Jamie Carter, Senior Contributor of Forbes gives an incredible explanation of all the different craters.
1 – Sea of Serenity (Mare Serenitatis)
The ”left eye” in the “Man in the Moon”, the “Sea of Serenity” —like most of the Moon’s maria—is a large, dark lava plain caused by ancient volcanic eruptions. Just to the left of the Sea of Serenity is the landing site of Apollo 15, while the join between the Sea of Serenity and the Sea of Tranquility is the Taurus-Littrow Valley where Apollo 17 landed—the last men on the moon.
2 – Sea of Tranquility (Mare Tranquillitatis)
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Neil Armstrong’s first words after his and Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle had set down on the Moon were uttered from the “Sea of Tranquility.” The landing site is at the far south.
3 – Sea of Crises (Mare Crisium)
Northeast of the Sea of Tranquility—and just visible from Earth on the Moon’s near-side—the “Sea of Crises” looks like a small-ish dark spot. No human has ever visited, but a rock sample was returned to Earth by the USSR in 1976.
4 – Tyco crater
The Moon’s most prominent crater? A not particularly large and bright crater in the south, look carefully to see bright streaks extending outwards from it—those are “rays” of material ejected when an asteroid hit about 100 million years ago. That’s practically yesterday, cosmically speaking.
5 – Sea of Clouds (Mare Nubium)
Just above Tyco is the “Sea of Clouds.” Let the path of Tyco’s rays take you there.
6 – Ocean of Storms (Oceanus Procellarum)
Dominating the western edge of the visible Moon is the “Ocean of Storms,” a 1,800 miles wide scar from a giant cosmic impact. Its vast size is why it’s the only “sea” on the Moon to be called an ocean.
7 – Aristarchus crater
A bright, white spot in the north of the Ocean of Storms, Aristarchus is in one of the most geologically complex areas on the Moon and was a target for the later, sadly canceled, Apollo landing missions. The Aristarchus crater is about 25 miles in diameter.
8 – Copernicus crater
Named for astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, this is another bright lunar impact crater with easy-to-find bright rays extending from it. Just beneath Copernicus are the landing sites of Apollo 12 and Apollo 14.
9 – Sea of Showers (Mare Imbrium)
Something bad happened at this, the largest lunar sea and the “Moon’s black eye.” Long ago in what astronomers call the “late heavy bombardment” of the Moon (about 3.1 and 4.2 billion years ago) a 50-150 miles wide asteroid struck. The result was the “Sea of Showers,” one of the larger craters in the solar system—and where it never, ever rains!
10 – Plato crater
Just above the Sea of Showers is Plato, a spectacular lava-filled lunar impact crater about 65 miles wide that’s named for ancient Greek philosopher Plato. The area is thought to contain small glassy volcanic beads that, one day, a lunar rover could pick-up and bring back to Earth for study.