Sky at Night Magazine - - DECEMBER -

The full Moon on 3 De­cem­ber will arc high across the night sky and ap­pear very prom­i­nent. An in­ter­est­ing ex­er­cise for bud­ding young ob­servers is to pro­vide them with pa­per and pens and get them to draw as much de­tail as they can see on the Moon’s disc. Ex­plain that the dark patches are called seas, but con­tain no wa­ter, in­stead be­ing ar­eas of dark, so­lid­i­fied lava. Once the draw­ing is com­plete, put the date and time on it and store it safely away. Re­peat the ex­er­cise again in the fu­ture to see how well their ob­serv­ing and record­ing skills have pro­gressed. www.bbc.co.uk/cbee­bies/shows/stargaz­ing

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