posted on Nov, 14 2005 @ 11:01 AM
If you're looking at the moon with, say, an 8" SC telescope, regardless of the magnifying power, you wouldn't be able to make out anything smaller
than a mile or so in diameter. So if you're seeing new craters, the impact needed to produce a crater that size would be bright that it could
possibly be seen with the naked eye, and it would've been HUGE astronomical news -- about the same as the comet Shoemaker-Levy impact on Jupiter a
couple of years ago.
And that'd be for just one crater. A whole raft of them would be the lead news item all over the world.
I think that one of the reasons you're seeing more craters appear is what another poster said: increasing "obliquity" of the light as the sun
starts to set over the long lunar day. The increasing shadows cast by the setting sun make hitherto-unnoticed craters jump into focus better.
[edit on 14-11-2005 by Off_The_Street]