November 20, 2011
A New Lunar Map
image from David Widdowson, Astrovisuals, Australia
It is always a special occasion when a new Moon map appears, and we have David Widdowson to thank for this one. It uses the new LRO nearside mosaic as a base, to which David has carefully added the names and letters of visible features. The 92 cm (36") high map is printed on a special paper that is water and tear-resistant; it costs A$14 which is about the same amount in US currency. The backside includes 18 images depicting the phases from new to full. I wish I had an observatory to hang it on the wall as a convenient reference. I'll just have to find wall space in my crowded Moon library.
You may remember David's earlier version of his Moon Phase Maps which is now available as an iPhone/iPad app.
Yesterday's LPOD: The Green Peril
Tomorrow's LPOD: Albedo Atlas Needed