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02/10/2022 – Ephemeris – The waxing gibbous Moon is revealing more seas and craters

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This is Ephemeris for Thursday, February 10th. Today the Sun will be up for 10 hours and 14 minutes, setting at 6:04, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:48. The Moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 4:38 tomorrow morning.

The Moon tonight is a waxing gibbous phase. More gray lunar seas are appearing near the terminator, the sunrise line. From north to south these seas, most only partially in sunlight, are: At the far north, the Cold Sea, Sea of Showers, The sea where the famous crater Copernicus is, the Sea of Islands. The southernmost sea at the terminator is the Sea of Clouds. Some large and prominent craters can be seen with binoculars or a small telescope can be seen in the south, the striking and relatively fresh Tycho, with its Moon girdling ejecta rays, though the rays are best seen at full moon. And the huge crater Clavius, with an arc of 5 smaller craters, one on its wall and the others on its floor, in ever diminishing sizes.

The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EST, UT – 5 hours). They may be different for your location.

Addendum

2 days past first quarter Moon annotated

2 days past first quarter Moon as it would be seen in a small telescope or even binoculars, annotated. For this evening, February 10, 2022. Click on the image to enlarge it. Created using Virtual Moon Atlas. Annotations in white are from the app, mine are in green. Translations of the sea names are below.

Translations

Mare Crisium – Sea of Crises
Mare Fecunditatis – Sea of Fertility
Mare Frigoris – Sea of Cold
Mare Imbrium – Sea of Showers
Mare Insularum – Sea of Islands
Mare Nectaris – Sea of Nectar
Mare Nubium – Sea of Clouds
Mare Serenitatis – Sea of Serenity
Mare Tranquilitatis – Sea of Tranquility

A closer look

Clavius

A montage of Clavius as photographed by one of the Lunar Orbiter spacecraft in the 1960s From Digital Lunar Orbital Photographic Atlas. Credit Jeff Gillis, Lunar and Planetary Institute.