09/08/2016 – Ephemeris – The Moon tonight: Two mountain ranges
Ephemeris for Thursday, September 8th. The Sun will rise at 7:14. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 51 minutes, setting at 8:05. The Moon, 1 day before first quarter, will set at 12:07 tomorrow morning.
The planet Saturn will appear below the nearly first quarter Moon tonight. The southern part of the Moon shows lots of craters in a pair of binoculars or small telescope. The area is called the lunar highlands. Most of the northern part of the Moon contains the lunar seas or maria. There is some interesting terrain there for the small telescope, including the mountain range the Alps to the North and the Apennines south of them. Lunar mountain ranges are named after Earthly ones. The two ranges are part of the broken ramparts around Mare Imbrium, the large Sea of Showers. In it are a few large craters that were created by impacts since the sea itself was created by a huge asteroid impact over 3.8 billion years ago.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
More of these mountains will be revealed in coming nights.