|The moon can
appear at all times
of day or night depending on its monthly cycle. This photo was
obtained this past winter on February 5 in the early afternoon.
The camera was set to a long
focal length to magnify the size of the moon from normal vision.
Today, 3 months, or moon cycles, later (weather permitting) we should also see the moon in about the same fullness in the early to mid afternoon high in the eastern sky. If the weather is cloudy, keep looking in the sky in the afternoon for the next several days and you should find the moon, a little more full each successive afternoon. In another two weeks, the moon will have advanced half-way around the earth, and we should see the moon high in the sky at dawn. Don't miss it....
|Note the features - the dark maria and the bright highlands - on the moon's image especially in the small image at right. The small image is an enlargement of the moon from the daytime photo and digitally enhanced so the details may be detected. The small dark area near the top of the moon is called Mare Crisium or Sea of Crises.|
photo of the moon at lower right was photographed
more than a year ago on February 17, 2005 by Anna Shoemaker using a
telescope and a digital camera. (See
PPOW for March 4, 2005) Compare the much improved detail
in the telescope image from hi-zoom digital camera (top images) without
a telescope. You can also notice the same features.
Anna's photograph was taken at night, hence the sky is black.