Top Tips: How to observe the moon
What can you see on the lunar surface with the naked eye or a telescope?
Throughout human history, the Moon has been a fascinating target of observation. From its more mythical beginnings, we now know the Moon to be our largest natural satellite, and it was possibly formed from the same rock under your feet right now by a collision 4.5 billion years ago.
With the naked eye you can easily start observing some of the Moon’s larger features. From the dark patches that once brimmed with lava to its numerous craters, there are plenty of sights to behold.
However, by using binoculars or a telescope you can see some of its more intricate features, such as the terminator, where sunlight casts shadows on the surface, or even the regions in which the Apollo spacecraft landed. Here we’ll give you some top tips for getting the most out of your lunar observations.
This article was originally published in How It Works issue 102, written by Jonny O’Callaghan
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