Reiner Gamma Region of Interest
November 30, 2012
First identified by early astronomers during the Renaissance, the Reiner Gamma formation has been a subject of intense scientific study for almost five decades. Reiner Gamma is one of the most distinctive natural features on the Moon. This striking, tadpole-shaped swirl has a significantly higher reflectance than the surrounding mare basalts. The heart of the region of interest in the Reiner Gamma swirl. Image width is 510 m [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Topics: Reiner Gamma, Lunar science, Planetary science, Reiner, Lunar mare, Goddard Space Flight Center, Astronomy, Moon