Moon Observation

Well, tonight is a good night to look at the Moon through the eyes of an astronomer. While none of the features in this picture have real labels on the actual Moon, I hope that this picture is helpful to you. I have included a link to Virtual Reality Moon so you can do this assignment without ever going outside if you are unable to get outdoors.


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Your project for this week is to go outside during an evening and carefully observe the moon. Because the weather is so unpredictable, I do not expect you to complete this assignment during the recommended week. However, it is listed as this week's lab assignment because it fits in with the direction of the course. You should find a time when the moon is in the waxing crescent to full phase, and do the observation on a relatively clear evening during that two week window. Moon phase information is printed daily in the Star/Tribune. A moon map is available within this course at moon map. You can either refer to it or simply print out a copy and take it outside with you. When you do the observation, please fill out the following information and return this worksheet.
Time of observation. Start: Finish:
Location (be specific): ie., where were you exactly when you did this observation?
Sky Conditions: ie., was the sky clear, partly cloudy, light polluted?
Type of visual aid (if used): ie., did you use binoculars or a telescope?

I used to have my students do a drawing of the Moon. Since this is not practical for all students, your workload will be greatly reduced :)

These questions are to be thought of as you are doing your observation, and you can submit the answers over the internet by moving to the assignment section of the course and looking up the moon observation. Since these questions assume that you have finished the Moon Unit, you are getting a peak at them now BEFORE you may have studied the Moon in this course. Refer to Structure and Features so you have a better idea what to look more closely at.

1. When you were outside, what phase of the Moon did you observe?

2. Where was the Moon in the night sky when you did the observation? I am looking for a location relative to the horizon and S, E, or W in the sky, as well as the constellation it was in or closest to in the sky. Get the Skymap for help with this question.

3. Could you identify any of the lunar features? If so, what could you see?

4. Do you think the full moon a good time to study the lunar surface? Why/Why not?

5. On what date did man first walk on the moon, and what were their names?

date of landing:

names of the 3 astronauts:

location of their landing site:

6. According to the Apogee/Perigee Calculator, what two events will happen on October 26, 2007. This might be a bit tricky to see in the two charts on the page, but the actual timing of these two events is pretty rare.

7. Did you have any frustrations or troubles doing this lab? What went well?

When you have completed the moon observations, please send the drawing to the instructor at the address found earlier in this form, and then click the submit button to send in the remainder of your observation time and place as well as your responses to the questions. You may then return directly to Structure and Features, or back to either the Moon Unit or to the Syllabus. Remember to click on the submit button, or your work is for naught.


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