Part 2: Observing Lunar Features

Lunar Phase

The moon goes through phases in the night sky with the amount of the moon's surface that is illuminated changing each night. аYour instructor will take you outside to view the moon in it's current phase. аNote the current phase of the moon including if it is waxing or waning. аUsing your knowledge of the moon's phases, estimate the rise and set time of the moon today based off of the current phase.

Description of the Surface

Your group will be supplied with an 8-inch Celestron telescope to observe the moon. аThis telescope is the same as was used for the аIntroduction to Telescopesаlab. аSet up the telescope on the roof with a clear view of the moon, remembering to point the polar axis of the telescope north.

After assembling your telescope, observe the moon through the telescope or you can find an image of the moon here. аWhat sort of features do you notice of the surface. аDescribe what you see. (Mountains, plains, craters, seas, cheese, lunar landers, et cetera.)

Mapping Lunar Features

With your group, create a rough map of the moon. аYou should try to map several different features seen on the moon. аAfter creating your map, you will be provided with a moon atlas. аUse this atlas to identify the features of the moon your group mapped. аDescribe the geological features that make up the areas in your map.

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