MOON

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Diana’s Bows - 2014

Panorama of all 13 evening crescent Moons approximately 10% illuminated and aged about 3 days - See last paragraph of article below.

Morning Bows - 2014

Panorama of all 12 morning crescent Moons approximately 10% illuminated about 3 days prior to solar conjunction.

Full Moons - 2013-15

Panorama illustrating the geocentric declination, distance, angular diameter and relative brightness of 15 Full Moons

Moon 02
Moon 03

Cycle of Lunar Phases

Simplified diagram not to true scale illustrating how the shape of the illuminated portion of the Moon’s apparent disk changes as our natural satellite orbits the Earth

Moon 04

Full Moon Rising over Chicago - 2014

Rising time, illumination, brightness, azimuth and diameter of Full Moon calculated for Adler Planetarium observers, but good for all Chicagolanders each lunar month

 

Moon 05

Mean Lunar Orbit

Diagram depicting the true scale of the lunar orbit at a mean eccentricity of 0.055 and a mean ellipticity of 1.0015 drawn relative to the center of a fixed Earth

 

Monthly Lunar Calendar

Daily lunar phases, eclipses, planetary events and meteor showers

A Great Computer Desktop Background Wallpaper!

 

Path of the Moon - 2014 May

Chart of the Moon’s monthly path indicating dates for phases, conjunctions and other key relationships

 

Lunar Occultations of Planets and Stars

Graze maps, preview graphics, data and Besselian elements for upcoming occultations (coverings) of planets and stars by the Moon

 

Moon Photos

Landscape photos taken from Arlington Heights, Illinois by Curt Renz featuring the Moon usually during twilight while amid clouds or other foreground objects

 

 

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Moon 06
Moon 08
Moon 07

Path of the Moon - 2014 April

Chart of the Moon’s monthly path indicating dates for phases, conjunctions and other key relationships

 

New Moon Spotting - 2014 APR 29

Preview of the western sky from Chicagoland with the Moon and Aldebaran at 25 minutes after sunset - See article below.

 

Waxing Crescent Moon - 2014 APR 30

Preview of the western sky from Chicagoland with the Moon and Aldebaran at 40 minutes after sunset - See article below.

 

Diana’s Bow - 2014 MAY 01

Preview of the western sky from Chicagoland with the Moon and Aldebaran at 60 minutes after sunset - See article below.

 

Moon 09

                                          LATE APRIL NEW MOON SPOTTING

 

It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon by naked-eye as early as possible. I use the term New Moon in its traditional sense of one’s first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). The Dark Moon (which some call New Moon) will be in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2014 APR 29 at 06:14 UT (01:14 CDT).

 

   The early spotting of a New Moon is easier for observers north of the tropics when still near the time of the vernal equinox, thus allowing the angle between the ecliptic and horizon at sunset to be fairly wide. The first opportunity for sharp-eyed North Americans may come on April 29, with the Moon aged less than a day. More folks should have luck the next evening.

 

Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2014. That’s a waxing crescent Moon about 10% illuminated and aged about three days. The name is a reference to the archery equipment of the ancient Roman Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. The graphic nicely illustrates how the season of the year affects the viewing of a waxing crescent Moon.

 

    © Curt Renz

 

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Total Lunar Eclipse - 2014 OCT 08

Preview of 9 phase of eclipse as viewed from Chicago - Timings good anywhere on night side of Earth after time zone adjustment - Umbra and penumbra cast on fictional blue wall

 

Moon 10