Lunar X (the Purbach Cross)

A few times each year, this first quarter moon phenomenon happens to coincide with the moon facing North America.  It is a fun, although temporary, experience.  It is only visible for around 4 hours, after which light floods thru. Until then, small slits of light cascade over a pair of craters, forming the "x".

The picture here was taken afocally, hand-held at the eyepiece.  The "X" appears just barely on the "Dark" side, about 1/3rd of the way down from the top.  South is up.

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