Recently, David Portree of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team contacted me about Mary Adela Blagg after whom a crater was named. Blagg was a selenographer and studied variable stars. She was a member of the BAA and I researched her life for my first Presidential Address. David has just published an article about Blagg and her crater: http://www.lroc.asu.edu/posts/1093
An interesting article, especially concerning Mary Blagg. One small point – mention is made that the Moon has no atmosphere. I seem to recall recently reading that it does, albeit tenuous, a surprise to me I must say.
Interesting article, Jeremy. Blagg’s colleague on the Collated List of Lunar Formations, S.A. Saunder, also has a (somewhat larger) crater named for him on the Moon. Coincidentally, I imaged the latter on the evening of 11th April – although my effort is not quite as good as the LROC image of crater Blagg! Saunder was President of the BAA 1902-1904.
Thanks Bill. David Portree tells me we can expect some more images of the crater:
“Stand by on that new Blagg crater image – tentative date is 4/25. We have the low-Sun image mosaic I used in the post and some high-Sun images that show mainly brightness variations – if all goes well, the new image (actually a pair taken on successive orbits) will be intermediate between the two, so we’ll see more of the Blagg crater floor and more secondary crater wall slump action (if it exists).”