Happy Valentine's Day. Love, the Moon

By Phil Plait | February 14, 2010 6:00 am

I would do anything for my Valentine. Even give her the Moon. Or at least a part of it.

LRO_valentine

Nothing says love like a cardioid-shaped lunar impact remnant 120 meters across surrounded by an ejecta blanket.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Geekery, Pretty pictures
MORE ABOUT: LRO, Valentine's Day

Comments (18)

  1. DrFlimmer

    How shall we call this? Heart-idolia? Valent-olia? ;)

    Merry Valentine’s Day!

  2. alfaniner

    M-O-O-N. That spells love.

  3. Nice Steven King reference there alfaniner. :)

    I’ll see you the moon, and raise you a nebula:

  4. On an unrelated topic, here are the seven warning signs of bogus science: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/geekend/?p=827&tag=nl.e010

  5. Pieter Kok
  6. Is it just me, or does Larian’s picture remind of a giant cosmic Johnson (bottom right hand of pic).

  7. “Nothing says love like a cardioid-shaped lunar impact remnant 120 meters across surrounded by an ejecta blanket. ”

    100% agreed..

  8. Starbase66

    God, I love it when scientists talk dirty!

  9. Instantly reminded me of the amazing heart-shaped secondary crater Al Bean photographed during EVA 1 of Apollo 12, Nov. 19, 1969

    http://lunarnetworks.blogspot.com/2010/02/ancient-lunar-valentine.html

    Appreciated the reminder. The LRO narrow-angle camera survey work continues to astound.

  10. Pieter Kok

    You’re not alone, Lugosi. A classic case of fallidolia.

  11. The Mad LOLScientist, FCD

    @Lugosi: “Is that a nebula in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?” Sad to say, for some people, that’s what love is all about… truly a depressing thought… :-

    @Pieter Kok: An obvious phallacy.

  12. drow

    Dear Universe,

    Thank you for this lovely valentine. Please continue to direct these sorts of things to the moon, and not to Earth directly. Thank you, and kindest regards,

    Humanity

  13. Dave

    Phil, can you get the rights to that photo? You really need to make a card with that on the inside.

  14. Sheri Lake

    And did you know that at sunset this evening, Venus, Jupiter and a very slender crescent shaped moon will rise on the western horizon forming the shape of a “V” in the glow of the sun? Thank heavens, for such an awesome Valentine’s Day!

  15. widdowquinn

    That’ll be on Urban Dictionary within a week.

    “Baby, if you *really* loved me, you’d let me give you an ejecta blanket.”

  16. Stacy L Mason

    Dangit Phil, now there’s a spongmonkey crooning, okay croaking, that damn song in my head.
    http://www.rathergood.com/moon_song

  17. 15. Sheri Lake Says: “…at sunset this evening, Venus, Jupiter and a very slender crescent shaped moon will rise on the western horizon forming the shape of a “V” in the glow of the sun”

    How does something rise in the west?

    – Jack

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