The moon

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 326–336 | Cite as

A large scale surface pattern associated with the ejecta blanket and rays of copernicus

  • J. E. Guest
  • J. B. Murray


Lunar Orbiter photographs of large, fresh rayed craters show that V-shaped features commonly occur on the outer part of the ejecta blanket and on the rays, and are associated with satellitic craters thought to be of secondary impact origin. A description of the form and distribution of the V-features surrounding Copernicus is given. It is concluded that they consist of fragmental debris emplaced by deposition during the formation of Copernicus, either as ‘bow-dunes’ formed by base surge, or as clots of debris thrown out ballistically. The latter explanation is compared with the results of laboratory-scale experimental cratering. Features of this type are considered to be of importance in interpreting the mode of formation of ejecta blankets of certain large lunar craters.


Outer Part Surface Pattern Scale Surface Lunar Orbiter Secondary Impact 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. E. Guest
    • 1
  • J. B. Murray
    • 1
  1. 1.University of London ObservatoryLondonEngland

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