Things to do when you can’t sleep: xxvii


xxvii :  Pallid astronomy

It’s light late and early; no season for astronomers.  Waking at five, I briefly observed the Moon. Hardly ideal observing conditions, but Clavius is always worth looking at, and the Montes Carpatus north of Copernicus showed up with unexpected clarity.  Sinus Iridium was washed out, but the mountains and crater walls on the northern limb were caught vividly by raking sunlight.  Unfortunately I didn’t manage to catch any of the northern detail in the snapshot (south at the top).

Moon 5.30 am


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