METROPOLITAN SKIES
By Dave Trapani
Lunar Photography
The Moon is generally 238,857 miles from the Earth. Its diameter is 2,160 miles. Both the rotation of
the Moon and its revolution around Earth takes 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes. This
synchronous rotation is caused by an unsymmetrical distribution of mass in the Moon, which has
allowed Earth's gravity to keep one lunar hemisphere permanently turned toward Earth. Optical
librations have been observed telescopically since the mid-17th century. Very small but real
librations (maximum about 0°.04) are caused by the effect of the Sun's gravity and the eccentricity
of Earth's orbit, perturbing the Moon's orbit and allowing cyclical preponderances of torque in both
east-west and north-south directions.
2007
Moon- 2/24, 2007
Wide Moon- 2/24, 2007
Moon- 3/3, 2007
Mare Vaporum 2/24, 2007
Alphonsus- 2/24, 2007
Cassini Region- 2/24, 2007
Tranquilitatis- 2/24, 2007
Serenitatis- 2/24, 2007
2006
THESE MOON IMAGES TAKEN WITH THE MEADE
LX200R RITCHEY-CHRETIEN 10 INCH
Moon- April 6, 2006
Moon- April 6, 2006
Moon- April 6, 2006
The Subtle Color Of The Moon
February 7, 2006
February 3, 2006
February 7, 2006
1st Quarter Moon-
March 5, 2006
February 7, 2006
February 7, 2006
February 7, 2006
February 7, 2006
2005
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November 18, 2005
December 12, 2005
November 18, 2005
January 17, 2005
November 17, 2005
November 17, 2005
November 17, 2005
November 17, 2005
November 17, 2005
October 20, 2005
October 20, 2005
September 21, 2005
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September 21, 2005
September 21, 2005
March 18, 2005
September 21, 2005
March 18, 2005
March 18, 2005
March 18, 2005
March 18, 2005
March 15, 2005
2004
September 24, 2004
September 26, 2004
December 18, 2004
September 26, 2004
August 27, 2004
August 27, 2004
September 24, 2004
September 24, 2004
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July 11, 2004
August 27, 2004
April 29, 2004
April 29, 2004
March 29, 2004
March 29, 2004
March 29, 2004
March 29, 2004
March 29, 2004
February 23, 2004
February 23, 2004
2003
September 9, 2003
October 5, 2003
December 29, 2003
December 3, 2003
2001
June 26, 2001
1993
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April 18, 1993
April 18, 1993
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Conditions
March 29, 2004
Moon - 9/24/2007
2008
Clavius- 2/16/2008
Copernicus- 2/16/2008
Copernicus Mossaic- 2/16/2008
Plato Region Mossaic- 2/16/2008
Sinus Medii Region - 2/16/2008
Crater Moretus- 2/16/2008
Moon- 4/14/2008
Moon- 4/14/2008
Langrenus  4/18/2008
Plato - 4/18/2008
Tycho - 4/18/2008
Copernicus - 4/18/2008
Aristarchus - 4/18/2008
Full Moon- 8/17/2008
2009
Aristoteles - 1/3/2009
Appenines - 1/3/2009
Moon - 9/5/2009
Tycho - 9/4/2009
Langrnus - 9/4/2009
2010
Petavius Region - 8/26/2010
Serentatis - 8/29/2010
Kant - 8/29/2010
Copernicus - 8/29/2010
Clavius - 8/29/2010
Caucacus - 8/29/2010
Capella - 8/29/2010
11/19/2010
11/19/2010
11/19/2010
11/19/2010
11/19/2010
12/21/2010 Eclipse
12/21/2010 Eclipse