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05/09/2022 – Ephemeris – Monday’s Moon

May 9, 2022 Comments off

This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Monday, May 9th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 35 minutes, setting at 8:57, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:20. The Moon, 1 day past first quarter, will set at 4:03 tomorrow morning.

Nothing is more fun than to look at the Moon through binoculars or a small telescope around its first quarter phase. The little gray oval on the face of the Moon on its upper right, not connected to all the other gray areas, is called the Sea of Crises or Mare Crisium. I use Mare Crisium as a telltale for the Moon’s libration or wobble. Tonight Crisium is close to the edge of the Moon, so on a day after first quarter, we’re seeing somewhat more territory on the left side of the Moon than we normally would at this phase. At the bottom or south end of the Moon are two prominent craters visible even in binoculars, the small but distinct Tycho, and the much larger Clavius, whose floor contains other craters and is convex following the curvature of the Moon.

Reminder: There will be a total lunar eclipse occurring a week from this morning, actually starting Sunday evening Eastern Daylight Time. I’ll give you full details later in the week. That’s the evening of May 15th, through morning of the 16th.

The astronomical event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan (EDT, UT – 4 hours). They may be different for your location.

Addendum

8-day old Moon

The 8-day-old Moon labeled via animated GIF, as it would appear in binoculars or a small telescope tonight, May 9, 2022. Created using Virtual Moon Atlas, GIMP and LibreOffice Draw.

Translations

Mare Crisium – Sea of Crises
Mare Fecunditatis – Sea of Fertility
Mare Frigoris – Sea of Cold
Mare Imbrium – Sea of Showers
Mare Nectaris – Sea of Nectar
Mare Nubium – Sea of Clouds
Mare Serenitatis – Sea of Serenity
Mare Tranquillitatis – Sea of Tranquility
Sinus Medii – Bay of the Center

Note that Mare is pronounced Mar-é