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I was poking around this Gigapan image of the moon's north polar region, when I noticed this area:

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What is the source of these light streaks?

For position reference, here's a zoomed-out shot (I couldn't easily get coordinates from the Gigapan thing):

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can you please highlight the elements you are calling "streaks"? –  Jeremy Mar 19 at 3:41
    
They are the faint criss-crossing lines throughout the image. Most of them are diagonal top-left to bottom-right. I tried to bring them out with some image processing but the results weren't very helpful. –  sinelaw Mar 19 at 14:08
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Maybe it's a sort of pareidolia. At any rate, I'm not understanding what you are seeing. Perhaps you can overdraw an image and add it so that we all know what it is you are referring to –  Jeremy Mar 19 at 19:45

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i would rather call the streaks you are referring to as ridges.

the surface of the moon is ofcourse not a perfect sphere and the same way the earth had ups and downs, there are ridges on the moon too.

you say that most of them are diagonal - top-left to bottom-right but on the right hand corner of the image, there are ones vertical ones. So, there is no specific orientation for these "streaks".

on the other hand, if there were streaks around a crater such that concave part of the streaks point towards the crater, they are due to shock waves travelling outwards from the point of impact.

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