We have a four-day-old waxing crescent Moon that’s about half way up the north western sky as seen here in Australia. We see the Moon differently here in the land down under, in that the Moons view is upside down (south at the top and north at the bottom) you’ll also notice that the lit portion is also facing the other way…tricky isn’t it :-)
At this phase the whole of Mare Crisium (Sea of Crises) is on show in sharp relief from the Suns light. Just to give you an idea how big Mare Crisium is, the surface area is 176,000 sq km and diameter of 570km (that’s about the same area of Great Britain) *Sourced from Hamlyn ‘Atlas of the Moon’ by Antonin Rukl.
There are a lot of very interesting features on the lunar surface and I’ve named a few of them on my images, if you become fascinated in the Moon you must get a good lunar atlas or app to help you discover the names of the features on the surface.
Happy New Year everyone, WooHoo! 2020 is on the way….
To download an Australian Moon Phase Calendar for 2020 please go to the link below: Sydney Observatory Moon Phase Calendar
The close up images were taken with a Meade 10inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope using a ZWO ASI120MC-S camera with a focal reducer attached. AVI movie files were captured which were then stacked in RegiStax6 and processed in PS CS4.
The full lunar disc was taken with a Canon 700D, I had to put a F6.3 focal reducer in the telescope system to capture the wide field view of the Moon.