Monday, October 17, 2016

The Supermoon with the Mighty JMUO(bservatory)

On Wednesday evening, October 12, The Astronomy 320 class took the first images through our new Celestron 14" CGE Pro telescope using an SBIG CCD Camera. What better object to look at than Earth's nearest neighbor: the Moon.

The picture was taken at around 7:30 in the evening and depicts the waxing gibbous phase of the Moon, heading towards full this (just past) weekend. The Moon is at its nearest approach in its orbit producing a "Supermoon" - the largest apparent size of a lunar disk as seen from Earth. The current supermoon is especially grand as the Moon has not been this close in its orbit during the full phase since 1946. The next three full moons will all be Supermoons allowing for some of the best viewing of this object in 70 years.

-from Sean Scully