The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Observe the Moon Tonight

Tonight is the first International Observe the Moon night.  The basic idea is to encourage everyone to go out and look at the Moon with whatever you have…your eyes, binoculars or a small telescope.  There are features visible with anything.

The Moon is waxing gibbous tonight, a good time to observe.  Really look along the terminator if you have binoculars or a telescope.  The terminators it the dividing line between the light and dark side of the Moon.  The Sun is rising on this part of the Moon and craters and mountains cast long shadows giving a nice 3D look to features along the terminator.

If you want to get a good map of the moon, try the Virtual Moon Atlas.  The Virtual Moon Atlas is a great (and free) program for Mac and Windows.  You can set you time and location and it will show you which features to look for on the Moon.  You can change the zoom level to see objects visible with the naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes.

So go out and observe the Moon!

September 18, 2010 - Posted by | Astronomy, Moon, Observing, Solar System

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