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10/02/2014 – Ephemeris – The gibbous Moon tonight

October 2, 2014

Ephemeris for Thursday, October 2nd.  The sun will rise at 7:41.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 39 minutes, setting at 7:21.   The moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 1:50 tomorrow morning.

Tonight the moon will be featuring some of my favorite lunar landmarks, and if you spend any time looking at the moon with a small telescope, they become yours.  The place to look is at the terminator, the sunrise line on the moon.  In the north not far from the terminator is the walled plain called Plato.  A bit farther away is a gash in the lunar Alps mountains caller the Alpine Valley.  Near the center of the terminator and split by it is the fabulous  crater Copernicus with a triple central peak which should poke into sunlight.  Near the south pole is the large crater Clavius with an arc of decreasingly smaller craterlets on its floor.  A bit north of that is the crater Tycho, which is more prominent when the moon is full than it is now.

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


Gibbous Moon

The gibbous Moon one day after first quarter at 9 p.m. October 2, 2014. Created using Virtual Moon Atlas.

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