Well before I knew it I was stuck with a case of LHFS - Lunar Hot FlasheS. What is this, the online dictionary defines it as : " An addictive experience derived from the overload of delightful moonscape views with Earth based optical telescopes. It is accompanied by a desire for fun food, body temperature elevation, heavy breathing, sleep deprivation, and astronomically based banter with other infected observers. It is very contagious." I got hit with it as I viewed these features and the accompanying 4 pics will show as close a view as I had .
Craters J.Herschel & Pythagoras : On the Mare Frigoris northwestern shore two ruined and rubble strewn craters are waking to a new Lunar day. I was imagining walking along the rubble fields and seeing in my minds eye flying molten debris carved out by the Imbrium event heading my way as I try to duck for cover - good luck!
Sunrise on Craters Aristarchus, Prinz, Montes Harbinger : Viewed so many times but never old. The moon's terminator was splitting Aristarchus down the middle and the surrounding terrain was causing me to lapse into fever! I was imagining viewing the Aristarchus complex from the Harbinger Montes and then looking eastward to the plains of the Ocean of Storms curving away in the distance!
Crater Letronne & Dorsa Rubey : Breathtaking indeed and very over looked with the nearby sunrise on the western shores of Mare Humorum stealing the show for most lookers. But with a case of LHFS you will begin to notice other things - like the shadows meandering through the walls of Letronne's southern exposure or Rubey snaking it's way into the flooded craters floor! I was getting pretty hungry by this point. You will burn calories with a case of LHFS!
Crater Schiller : This misshaped crater is easily recognized but what captured my attention was the steepness of the brightly lit southern wall. I saw myself in the crater looking up at the wall with the sunlight to my back and pondering the oblique impact that formed this excavation. Who can I share these views and musings with?
My LHFS had a gradual subsiding over dinner, conversation with Cindy, and 2 MASH reruns. But later that night all cozy on the couch I made the mistake and picked up one of my moon books and...............