Besides the moon's obvious craters and basins, the lunar surface is also 'marked' with some unusual geological features that deserve attention. Locating these features, let alone identifying them, has always been a task, as some resources don't always provide fully the above information in a single reference. In Features of the Near Side Moon that task has now been simplified, which allows you to look up a particular feature instantly, and then see what it actually looks like. From crater chains to rilles, ridges to valleys, or mountains to promontories, Features of the Near Side Moon uses a zooming-in process where each feature's position is firstly located on the lunar surface (using referenced features like craters or mares etc., on a color topographic image supplied), and then finally presented as a highly-resolved image, taken by cameras onboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. All lunar features (consisting of 14 different categories that amount to 282 separate features) from the International Astronomical Union (IAU) list are presented, and each includes their official latitude and longitude coordinates, as well as their sizes/diameters. Other unofficial features (9 different categories amounting to 85 separate features) from concentric to dark halo craters or domes to swirls have also been included in the book as a general introduction, opening up the potential for a whole new world of discovery. Features of the Near Side Moon will certainly suit both the amateur and professional astronomer, and as a useful reference for scientists and those working in the general news media.
Self Published 2014