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What has the moon in store for us this evening?
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In this short video we look at the moon, its current phase, illumination, distance from the Earth, as well as some of the features you will be able to see as they become visible tonight, especially when viewing with either a telescope or binoculars.
With tonight's moon being 97% illuminated we get a great view of all the lunar seas and lakes, these great plains of solidified lava that cover so much of the moon's surface.
On its western limb , the terminator (the line between darkness and light) allows us to get a peek at new craters including Pascal & Pythagoras in the North/North West
Kraft, Cardanus, Hevelius, Riccioli and Grimaldi reveal themselves to the west and to the South/South West you have Bailly - the largest crater on the near side of the moon - some 303 Km in diameter!
The moon of course can be enjoyed with the natural eye but even a small telescope will enhance the view and give you a better idea of its unique properties.
Enjoy the night sky and if you are stargazing tonight we wish you clear skies!
This video was created using data from Nasa's Scientific Visualization Studios.
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