The angle from the sub-solar point to Cape Laplace must now be determined. Of course, to determine this angle, one must have the coordinates of Cape Laplace itself. Here, the coordinates of Cape Laplace from the center of the Moon will be determined.

First, the location of Cape Laplace from the original image must first be measured. Here, we will also find the location of the shadow tip, since we will certainly require it later.

From the original image, the location of the Cape's top and the shadow's tip are:

xtop = 1035 and ytop = -705
xtip = 1026 and ytip = -704

Use the following equations to calculate the top and tip longitude and latitude from the center of the Moon:

ltop = sin-1 [ (ytop - yc) / r ]
m
top = sin-1 [ (xtop - xc) / (rcosltop) ]

ltip = sin-1 [ (ytip - yc) / r ]
m
tip = sin-1 [ (xtip - xc) / (rcosltip) ]

Such that the values should be:

ltop = +39o.923625 and mtop = -26o.260392
ltip = +40o.010846 and mtip = -27o.176001

The angle from the sub-solar point to the cape's top can now be calculated using the following equation:

gtop = cos-1 [ sinltopsinlss + sinltopsinlsscos (mtop - mss) ]

The answer for this example should be:

gtop = 83o.298948

Using the same equations for finding the angle from the sub-solar point to the shadow tip should give you the following value:

gtip = 84o.002173

 MOON HEIGHTS SITE MAP GO TO STEP 6 5 - Location of Feature was Last Updated on December 07, 2010