Sometimes our lives are so fast paced we often lose sight of the wonderful things that are right in front of us. Take the moon for example, have you ever just stopped, looked up and wondered about it (it’s that big round, white thing in the sky). Okay, so your wonderings may have been triggered by your stomach and slide along the region of “is it really made of Cheese?” Or you may have broken out in a cold sweat while anxiously looking around and wondering what the heck you are doing outside during a full moon (Yes, werewolves do rule the night).
This is the time to grab your telescope. With a Refracting telescope or a Reflecting telescope you can find out if the moon is indeed made of cheese, safe from whatever may be howling in the woods.
Let Us Get to Know Our Moon
The moon is about 380,000 km, which is about 240,000 miles away from earth and circles the earth every 27-29 days. On earth our tides are described as lunar tides because they are raised twice a day by the pull of gravity between the earth and the moon. The gravity of the moon and our gravity locks the moon’s rotational path so it always remains fixed with the same side facing us.
There are 8 different phases of the moon, cycling through the new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter and waning crescent. The full moon being one of the most visually impressive celestial sites that you will ever see through the lens of a telescope.
The Celestial Full Moon
When there is a full moon, like the one on the 2 June 2015, the luminosity of the sun will bring all proportions of the moon in stark relief and any shadows that remain will belong only to the moon. This is the perfect time to haul out your telescope and evaluate the moons circular beauty in all its luminous glory.