This amazing picture is a close-up of our own Moon's surface, taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. This crater, located near the Moon's equator, is about 120 meters across.
It's unclear how this crater got its cardiacally-defined shape. But what's even cooler to me is the beautiful and intricate pattern to the material ejected from the impact. It's likely that the original surface was a thin layer of dark material over some that was brighter. When the impact occured (probably by a rock the size of your local flower shop), the light material was excavated out, and the plumes fell in a radial pattern for nearly a kilometer around the crater.
What was left is something we see eons later as what looks for all the world - or worlds
- like a glowing heart.
Like the full Moon isn't romantic enough.Original release
.My blog post on this
.Image credit: ASA/GSFC/Arizona State University