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I was doing a search for images taken from the Hubble Telescope of the Moon and found this Slate website article from 2013

This is a picture of Tycho crater taken by The Hubble Telescope  image link here and  Hubble website here image in the article linked above, so I downloaded it and examined it. The angle of view is a little strange and very oblique. There appears to be a band running below Tycho (about half-way down the image) and a band at the very top and a little way down the left side which is out-of-focus for some reason and it does not appear to be straight across either.

At the 10 o'clock position on Tycho's central mountain, there appears to be a 'V'-shaped something which is not in the LRO picture of Tycho also linked and shown in the above article. There are also some suspiciously 'pipe-looking' structures in this LRO image too, but I could be imagining it.

In the article, Phil Plait says this after saying that some of the Hubble Telescope cameras are too sensitive to be pointed at the Moon and would burn out their sensors if they were used to take images of the lunar surface. I didn't know this, so it was a snippit of info I found interesting and stored it away for future reference.
The Moon is not too bright for Hubble. Funny though, it is hard to observe by HST, but that’s actually because it’s moving too fast in the sky. Hubble isn’t designed to track that quickly, so what they do to observe it is put it in “ambush mode”: Aim Hubble in the sky where the Moon will soon be, then wait. When the Moon moves in, Hubble grabs the snapshot.

Why then, I wonder, have more Moon shots NOT been taken by Hubble? It seems to be more sensible to examine our Moon first before concentrating on the outer reaches of the universe.



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