Hitchhiker's Guide to Rukl Chart 23

Linne (JRF <freeman _at_ netcom.com>)
This small crater, surrounded by bright ejecta, was once the center of a controversy: Numerous observers had reported changes in its appearance. Close-up photographic views have not shown any evidence of these claims.
Sulpicious Gallus (JRF <freeman _at_ netcom.com>)
An inconsequential crater with rilles to the northwest.
Rima Sulpicius Gallus (David North <d _at_ timocharis.com>)
Rima Sulpicius Gallus was in very odd illumination, just on the terminator. Usually it appears dark and distinct, but I was lucky enough to catch it when the light was reflecting precisely off one of the interior walls, making it a bright gash in the portions that run north south, transiting into a dark squiggle further south as it turns to the east. Some interesting detail was also visible in the roughly parallel foothills of the Montes Haemus; it looked almost as a study in light and dark, or as if there were more than one rille present.
Rimae Menelaus (David North <d _at_ timocharis.com>)
The rest of Rimae Menelaus showed up for the party tonight; it's a particularly fine and tangled rille complex leading toward the crater Tacquet (which has a neat name so I had to mention it). In the moments of best seeing the area reminded me of cracked adobe soil.

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