SMILEY FACE ON THE MOON: Have you ever seen the Moon smile? You have to know just when to look. Ron Wayman of Tampa Florida caught the Moon grinning back at him when he took this picture of Mare Crisium on Feb. 17th:
"I always try to look for this smiley face when Mare Crisium comes into view," says Wayman. Sunlight skimming over the mountainous edge of the Sea of Crises illuminates a curving ridge (the mouth) beneath two craters (the eyes) puncturing the mare's lava plains. The effect briefly transforms Mare Crisium into Mare Comedium.
Moon watchers, mark your calendar. On March 18th-19th, you can see the Moon smiling again when sunlight lances anew over the edge of Mare Crisium. The Moon will be a ~5% crescent not far from Venus and Mercury.