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GRAIL's Gravity Field of the Moon
GRAIL's Gravity Field of the Moon (click to enlarge)
 
 

GRAIL's Gravity Field of the Moon
Date: 5 Dec 2012

This map shows the gravity field of the moon as measured by NASA's GRAIL mission. The viewing perspective, known as a Mercator projection, shows the far side of the moon in the center and the nearside (as viewed from Earth) at either side.

Units are milliGalileos where 1 Galileo is 1 centimeter per second squared. Reds correspond to mass excesses which create areas of higher local gravity, and blues correspond to mass deficits which create areas of lower local gravity.

Credit: NASA/ARC/MIT



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Last Updated: 5 Dec 2012