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Last week, NASA released an awesome visual representation of the various phases of the moon — that is, the side of the moon we here on Earth never get to see.
Here’s some knowledge about the far side of the moon from those NASA guys:
Just like the near side, the far side goes through a complete cycle of phases. But the terrain of the far side is quite different. It lacks the large dark spots, called maria, that make up the familiar Man in the Moon on the near side.
Instead, craters of all sizes crowd together over the entire far side. The far side is also home to one of the largest and oldest impact features in the solar system, the South Pole-Aitken basin, visible here as a slightly darker bruise covering the bottom third of the disk.
NASA used footage obtained by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which was launched in 2009, to create maps used to depict the video created here.