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From: Geneva, Switzerland
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posted 01-29-2018 07:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Moon
by Bill Leatherbarrow
The moon has always been the most obvious feature in our night sky. It is our nearest celestial neighbour, orbiting the earth at an average distance of 384,400 kilometers, and is large enough to display significant detail even to the unaided eye. Our moon has drawn observers since the dawn of humankind, and all people have tried to make sense of the puzzles it poses and the questions it raises. The moon provided our ancient ancestors with one of the earliest means of keeping and measuring time, and many early religions had cults that worshipped it. When it eclipses the sun it provides one of the most awe-inspiring views in nature.

In The Moon, celebrated amateur astronomer Bill Leatherbarrow provides expert insight into the history of our study of this compelling astronomical body. Drawing on his own decades of lunar observation, he describes how and why the observation and study of the moon has evolved, particularly in the age of telescopic study. He also offers an overview of current scientific thinking and developments in lunar science since the advent of the Space Age, even providing practical advice on how to make your own observations of the moon. Extensively illustrated with images of the lunar surface taken both from spacecraft and using amateur equipment, this book is an accessible introduction to complex astrophysical concepts that will give all amateur astronomers and anyone fascinated by this natural satellite something to moon over.

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Reaktion Books (May 15, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 1780239149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780239149


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posted 01-30-2018 05:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A bit premature in my thought, as a mission to get the most detailed observation of the "dark side" is underway.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 01-30-2018 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is no such thing as the "dark side"; perhaps you mean the far side. All sides of the moon see equal amounts of light.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which has been in orbit since 2009, has imaged both the near and far side.

There is no other mission underway. You may be thinking of China's Chang'e 5, which is aimed at landing on the far side to collect and return samples. That mission is delayed until 2019, at earliest, but it won't be imaging the far side from orbit.


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posted 01-31-2018 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show in 2012, Apollo 15 commander Dave Scott gave a lecture in which he said there were four sides to the Moon viz.. the near side, the far side, the bright side and the dark side.

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