On the way to #observethemoon I will be publishing different facts about our nearest neighbour!

The Zeeman mountain in the Zeeman crater, as captured from orbit by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Source: LROC blog

At 8.8 km, Zeeman Mons on the Moon competes with Earth’s Mount Everest.

Zeeman Mons rises 8.8 km above the floor of the crater within which it resides, the Zeeman crater.

While mountains on Earth take millions of years to form under the slow process of tectonic plates colliding, mountains on the Moon form almost instantly!

Mountains on the Moon typically form when an asteroid/comet impacts the lunar surface. The impactor hits the surface and compresses the material, which then rebounds back up to form a mountain!

Many central, high mountains in all large craters on the Moon are formed in this way.