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(2013-10-18 21:53)

About this Object

The Moon is the only natural satellite of Earth. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art and mythology. The Moon's gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and the minute lengthening of the day. The Moon is thought to have formed nearly 4.5 billion years ago, not long after the Earth. Although there have been several hypotheses for its origin in the past, the current most widely accepted explanation is that the Moon formed from the debris left over after a giant impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body

About this Image

I captured this image at about three hours past full moon with the help of Kai E. Using a 4.x PowerMate, four separate images were required to capture its entire surface, and we took several sets of images a various shutter speeds, and selected the one presented here.

--- Date/Time ---
Local: 2013-10-18 21:53:00
UTC: 2013-10-19 01:53:00

--- Location ---
The Ashton Observatory at Johnson Farms, Ashton MD
(Latitude N39.15°, Longitude W77.01°, Elevation 510')

--- Conditions ---
Medium seeing

--- Optics ---
Televue NP101is 101mm f/5.35 Refractor with Televue 4x Powermate

--- Camera ---
Canon EOS 60Da

--- Exposure ---
Qty 1 1/100-second ISO 100

--- Post-Processing ---

--- Selected Ephemeris ---
0.386 million miles from Earth and 0 million miles from the Sun
Apparent Diameter: 1876.8 arcminutes. Magnitude: -12.6
Percent Illuminated: 99.98%. Elongation from Sun: 178.5°

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