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May 4, 2012 11:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-22

Hubble to Use Moon as Mirror to See Venus Transit

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Moon's Crater Tycho
Object Description: Crater on Earth's Moon
Distance: Approximately 237,000 miles (381,000 km) at the time of observation.
About the Data
Data Description:

The image was created from Hubble data from proposal 12537: D. Ehrenreich (Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG)/CNRS/Université Joseph Fourier), L. Arnold (CNRS, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille), A. Vidal-Madjar (CNRS, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris), M. Barthelemy (Université de Grenoble I), I. Boisse (CNRS, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris), F. Bouchy (CNRS, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris), R. Cabanac (Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées), J.-M. Desert (Harvard University), R. Ferlet (CNRS, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris), G. Gronoff (NASA Langley Research Center), G. Hebrard (CNRS, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris), A. Lecavelier des Etangs (CNRS, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris), J. Lilensten (Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble), J. McConnell (York University), C. Moutou (CNRS, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille), C. Nitschelm (Universidad Catolica del Norte), D. Kent Sing (University of Exeter).

The primary objective of the program was spectroscopic observations with STIS to analyze sunlight reflected from the Moon. Images were obtained in parallel with ACS.

Instrument: ACS/WFC
Exposure Date(s): January 11, 2012
Exposure Time: 0.5 seconds
Filters: F502N ([O III])
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Ehrenreich (Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG)/CNRS/Université Joseph Fourier)
Release Date: May 4, 2012
Color: This is a black and white (grayscale) image from a single exposure acquired by the ACS instrument on HST. Gaps in the HST data have been filled using an image at similar lunar phase from the Consolidated Lunar Atlas.