Look at Moon’s Asteroid craters (and our traces) like Never Before

The bus-sized asteroid (Asteroid 2020 SW) that, today, is going to pass near Earth and over the Southeastern Pacific Ocean, after 9 pm AEST, at a distance of about 22.000km, is nothing to worry. Statistically, asteroids of that size get destroyed in the Earth’s atmosphere almost every year, and only a few small fragments can make it down to the ground. But…

But, if the Earth wouldn’t have the atmosphere it has, the ground would be full of extraordinarily huge craters, like on the Moon!

Since probably everyone would like to be able to look as close as possible on our Moon, I’ll show you how you can look at any part of the Moon from a distance that allows you to see as close as 0.5m per pixel!

That’s so close that you will be able to see the traces from NASA’s (and not only) missions, like the traces from the Lunar Roving Vehicle of Apollo 15 mission and even the vehicle and the Landing Module itself!

The traces (footsteps and the rover’s traces) of Apollo 15 mission, the Landing Module, and the Lunar Roving Vehicle. Source: NASA / LROC, through QuickMap

Among the ability to see very close, you’ll be able to analyze various given data, up to an academic level.

  1. Go to https://quickmap.lroc.asu.edu and wait for it to load.
  2. Start zooming anywhere you want.
  • In the menu, by going to Projections, you’ll be able to choose a different view (like the other side of the Moon).
  • To be able to find all our traces, go to Layers, choose Overlays, and check “Anthropogenic Features”.