Ob­serve and sketch

What­ever your skill level and equip­ment, there’s plenty of Moon fea­tures to lo­cate and draw

Sky at Night Magazine - - EXPLAINER -

The maria

The Moon is cov­ered with sev­eral dark ‘seas’. As long as part of the Moon is il­lu­mi­nated, at least one of these should be vis­i­ble.


The Ty­cho crater has an­other prom­i­nent ray sys­tem, but can be trick­ier to make out, due to a lack of con­trast with nearby lu­nar high­lands.


The re­flected light of Earth il­lu­mi­nates the Moon for a few days around new Moon, though you might have to get up early to catch it.


The an­gle we view Plato crater at gives it a ‘squashed’ ap­pear­ance. The ir­reg­u­lar ring casts in­ter­est­ing shad­ows when the ter­mi­na­tor’s close by.


It’s easy to find this crater with binoc­u­lars due to its prom­i­nent ray sys­tem. With a tele­scope, you should make out the crater’s hexag­o­nal shape.

Eratos­thenes and Montes Apen­ni­nus

The rugged Apen­nine moun­tain range reaches 5.5km in height and ex­tends 600km be­fore ter­mi­nat­ing in a deep crater with ter­raced walls.

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