The Moon's Near Side Megabasin and Far Side Bulge

  • Charles Byrne

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Astronomy book series (BRIEFSASTRON)

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About this book


Since Luna and Lunar Orbiter photographed the far side of the Moon, the mysterious dichotomy between the face of the Moon as we see it from Earth and the side of the Moon that is hidden has puzzled lunar scientists. As we learned more from the Apollo sample return missions and later robotic satellites, the puzzle literally deepened, showing asymmetry of the crust and mantle, all the way to the core of the Moon. This book summarizes the author’s successful search for an ancient impact feature, the Near Side Megabasin of the Moon and the extensions to impact theory needed to find it. The implications of this ancient event are developed to answer many of the questions about the history of the Moon.


Far Side Megabasin Far side of the Moon History of the Moon Impact dynamics Moon Lunar geology history Lunar impact cavities Lunar impact craters Moon basins formation Near Side Megabasin Springer astronomy brief

Authors and affiliations

  • Charles Byrne
    • 1
  1. 1.MiddletownUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Charles J.Byrne 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6948-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6949-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-9100
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-9119
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