The moon is one of the easier astronomical objects to find. It is large and repeats its cycle every 28 days. Beautiful when viewed with the unaided eyes, amazing when seen in modest binoculars, and awesome in a modest telescope. With the weather not being ideal for astronomy, the moon presents a friendly companion and a familiar face. The best parts to view are when the terminator, the line between daylight and nighttime, is nearby. This is when the shadows are the longest so you see more details.

On April 8, the moon will be in its full phase. This is a great time to look at it and recognize the many visible features. The dark areas are Maria (Mare – singular). They are very large, old impact craters that filled with magma.  The lighter areas are the highlands.

The observatory continues to be closed as a precaution related to COVID-19.

Aaron Clevenson
Author: Aaron ClevensonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.

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