Category: Lunar basics

Friday, March 24, 2006
Lunar fact sheet
In the last few weeks I collected some basic lunar data from different online resources and books. I allways find it handy to have this kind of related data grouped together. Click on the image below to enlarge. Of course you are free to download and print the fact sheet. Just click on this link to download the PDF.

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Monday, March 13, 2006
Observing the Moon for beginners

Beginning backyard-astronomers often ask me “what do I need to start observing the Moon”. Basically you only need two things to start off with lunar observing: a small telescope (or binoculars) and a map of the Moon. You also should know a few other things: when to observe the Moon and what to observe (as a beginner). In this article I will try to answer these questions. In the near future I will write an article for those wo are past the beginning stage, the "intermediate" observer. This article however, is meant for the beginning lunar observer.
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Monday, February 20, 2006
Lunar phases

Why do you see different portions of the Moon lit by the sun

The Moon has no light source of its own. It "shines" because it reflects sunlight. At any given moment, half of the surface is lit while the other half is dark. On the Moon there is night an day, just as on Earth. But what causes the changing appearance of the Moon, what causes the lunar phases?
Posted by Math on 02/20 at 05:27 AM | (3) Comments | filed in: Lunar basics | Print