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04/27/2015 – Ephemeris – Two large craters on the Moon for binoculars or a small telescope

April 27, 2015

Ephemeris for Monday, April 27th.  Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 3 minutes, setting at 8:42.   The Moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 4:04 tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow the Sun will rise at 6:37.

After taking a look, last week, at some early results from the two spacecraft approaching dwarf planets now, Dawn at Ceres and New Horizons nearing Pluto, let’s get back to our sky and our Moon.  Time to get out that telescope or powerful binoculars.  The terminator which now is the sunrise line will be cutting through the middle of the crater Copernicus at 10 in the evening.  Copernicus, near the Moon’s equator hit a flat lunar sea, so it’s quite conspicuous.  Another crater near the Moon’s southern pole is conspicuous because it’s so big.  It’s Clavius, with an arc of diminishing sized craters within.  It will be completely in sunlight being uncovered slowly now by the terminator.

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

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The Moon at 10 p.m. April 27, 2015 EDT (2:00 UT, April 28). Created using Virtual Moon Atlas.

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