There’s A Stunningly Detailed New Map Of The Moon

Wow, this is beautiful!

A new, multi-hued map of the moon finally brings together older and newer maps and data about the moon’s geologic makeup into one consistent and colorful resource.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), working with NASA and the Lunar and Planetary Institute, released the authoritative “Unified Geologic Map of the Moon” on April 20. And it is gorgeous!

Each color on the moon map represents different topographical features like craters, volcanic units, basins, plains and plateaus.

“The new map will serve as the blueprint of the lunar surface that can be used for future human missions to the moon,” the USGS said in an Instagram video animation (seen below) of the moon chart. “It also provides a useful resource for the international scientific community, educators and the public who are interested in lunar geology.”