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Astronomy - Popular Astronomy | Observing the Moon

Observing the Moon

Wlasuk, Peter T.

Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000, X, 182 p.

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  • About this book

  • The first definitive up-to-date observer's guide to the Moon to be published for ten years - during which time we have learnt a great deal!
  • Introduces the geology of the Moon in relation to the observable features
  • Corrects the many errors that have been perpetuated in earlier works
  • Accompanying CD-ROM contains a gallery of lunar images
Why write another guide to observing the Moon? That was the question I was pondering as I began this project, having a fine collection of "classic" lunar guidebooks dating back to 1791 in my own library. As a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), member of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences (AAS DPS), and member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), I am fortunate to know many pro­ fessionallunar scientists who keep me up to date with developments in lunar scienc- contrary to public perception, lunar science has definitely not stagnated since the last Apollo, No. 17, left the surface of the Moon in December, 1972. I am also lucky to know many amateur lunar observers, who, like me, enjoy actually looking at the Moon with tele­ scopes and imaging it with a wide variety of devices ranging from regular 35 mm cameras to video recorders and CCD cameras. My friends who study the Moon, whether in their professions or just for fun, gave me several reasons for doing "another" lunar guidebook. First, the last lunar observer's guide of any length was published over ten years ago, and many reviewers noted that it was badly out of date even then.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » moon - observational

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Astrophysics and Astroparticles - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

1 Introduction to the Moon.- 2 The Basic Kinds of Lunar Formations.- 3 A Crash Course in Lunar Geology.- 4 Lunar Features — Northeast Quadrant.- 5 Lunar Features — Southeast Quadrant.- 6 Lunar Features — Northwest Quadrant.- 7 Lunar Features — Southwest Quadrant.- 8 Introduction to Observing the Moon.- 9 Drawing Lunar Features.- 10 Lunar Topographic Studies.- 11 Lunar Eclipses and Occultations.- 12 Imaging the Moon.- Glossary of Lunar Terminology.- Further Reading.- Lunar Observing Forms.- Files and Lunar Atlas on the CD-ROM.- Instructions for Using the CD-ROM.

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