Comparison of lunar limb profiles from graze observations with Kaguya LALT data

 
 
The Japanese lunar explorer KAGUYA (Selene) was launched by JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) on 2007 Sept 14.  A global accurate and precise topographic map of the Moon was constructed from the data obtained by LALT (laser altimeter), which is one of the instruments on board KAGUYA.  The lunar limb profiles obtained from observations of lunar grazing occultations are compared with those from the KAGUYA-LALT map.  Some of the results are shown in the figures below.  For comparison, they are also compared with lunar limb profiles of Watts (1963).  Note that no fitting was made in these drawings.

Sôma is using the KAGUYA-LALT data as a Co-I of LALT and is making these analyses.

References
http://www.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/selene/index_e.html
http://www.miz.nao.ac.jp/rise/en
 

 
ZC 3108 Graze on 2009 Mar 22
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
Antares (ZC 2366) Graze on 2009 Feb 17
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
ZC 3512 Graze on 2009 Jan 3
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
Antares (ZC 2366) Graze on 2008 Oct 4
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
Spica (ZC 1925) Graze on 1995 Feb 19
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
Spica (ZC 1925) Graze on 1994 Nov 29
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
ZC 976 Graze on 1992 Aug 24
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
ZC 3536 Graze on 1983 July 2
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
SAO 97580 Graze on 1977 Apr 26
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
ZC 539 Graze on 1969 Aug 6
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
ZC 539 Graze on 2006 Apr 2
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
ZC 541 Graze on 2006 Apr 2
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
ZC 539 Graze on 2006 Oct 10
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
ZC 1611 Graze on 2009 July 25
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
ZC 537 Graze on 2009 July 18
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
ZC 537 Graze on 2009 Aug 14
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
SAO 97955 Graze on 2009 Sept 15
 Kaguya LALT    Watts
 
 




 
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