All image credits: NASA, NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
This odd picture is actually three mountains poking out of the center of a crater. Don't believe me? Then let's take a step back, shall we:
Aha! See it now? Those three mountains are actually the central peaks of the crater Bhabha, a 64 kilometer (40 mile) wide impact scar on the far side of the Moon. With really big impacts, the shock waves bounce around inside the crater bowl, making the rock flow like a fluid. The rock flows outward, then sloshes back inward, splashing up to form peaks. Usually there’s only one, but Bhaba has three.
LRO caught these peaks just before the slow lunar rotation brought sunset to them. One of the many things I love about LRO pictures: they're not just interesting scientifically, they're also lovely and artistic.
Emotion researcher Jaak Panksepp
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