# Waxing Crescent Moon

This image shows the waxing crescent Moon taken Nikon Coolpix camera. Note the light brownish hue. The bare patch that resembles the back of a crab with two eyes on the upper half of the image is Mare Crisium. It is an impact basin (gigantic crater) that was filled in with basaltic lava.

Four large craters appear as a chain along the lower half of the image. They were once known as the Western Chain since before Apollo this was considered the western part of the Moon. However, in preparation for lunar landings, the conventions were changed so that this is now known as the eastern side of the moon.