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03/04/2014 – Ephemeris – Observing the Moon tonight

March 4, 2014

Ephemeris for Fat Tuesday, Tuesday, March 4th.  The sun will rise at 7:14.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 19 minutes, setting at 6:34.   The moon, 3 days past new, will set at 10:52 this evening.

The Moon tonight is visible in the west after sunset.  The sunrise terminator is slowly moving across its face.  The solar day on the Moon equals its orbit of the Earth with respect to the sun of about 29 and a half days.  As the moon is oriented in our sky the dark nearly circular sea.  The Sea of Crises is rotated downward so it appear at between 4 and 5 o’clock on the moon’s face.  At the bottom is the partially uncovered Sea of Fertility.  With binoculars or preferably a small telescope can be seen  the large crater Langrenus close to the lunar equator.   A picture of that crater was one of the first brought back by the Apollo 8 crew in 1968.   I’ve found it for the blog entry for this episode at bobmoler.wordpress.com.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.


The Moon

The moon rotated as if it were setting in the west showing the Sea of Crises (Mare Crisium) and the crater Langrenus. The image was enhanced to show Earth shine. Created using Virtual Moon Atlas.

The crater Langrenus

The crater Langrenus as imaged by the Apollo 8 crew on their historic orbiting of the Moon Christmas Eve 1968. Credit: NASA.


LRO image of Langrenus

The crater Langrenus as imaged by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA\GSFC\Arizona State University.

Note on credits: GSFC is the Goddard Space Flight Center.

  1. Me
    March 4, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Wow. I was just about to search the moon phase tonight as I was enjoying looking at the night sky and then found this. Great info! The moon is too beautiful not to look at tonight! -from philippines

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