The Pages of The Gray Wizard


Lunar Eclipse


The Moon
My Lunacy


O swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.


galmoon.gif (39583 bytes)One of my most abiding astronomical interests has been a fascination for the earth's moon.  This page is dedicated to that lunacy.

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"Image courtesy Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Copyright (c) California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. All rights reserved."

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Moon Facts

Distance from Earth

238,856 miles
384.401 km

Apparent Magnitude

-12.7 at Full Moon


0.012 x Earth's mass

Moon Day

27.3 Earth days


0.272 x Earth's radius

Moon Year

29.5 Earth days

Apparent Size

31 arcmins    
Moon Phases

Lunar Eclipse - 1.20.2000

See my observation notes on the January 20th Lunar Eclipse.

Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO)
An organization conserned with the objects in the Solar System; the Sun, Moon, major and minor planets, comets, and meteors. Their emphasis is on observations and observing techniques rather than theory or cosmology
The Lunar Observer
A newsletter for students of the moon.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Moon
Everything you wanted to know about observing the moon
The American Lunar Society
The American Lunar Society is a group dedicated to the continued study of earth's moon.  This is accomplished through both continued observation and attention to current research.
Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon
This excellent site offers a digital reproduction of this classic work--    clearly one of the best atlases ever produced.
Clementine Lunar Image Browser
Offers Clementine images by map and object name.
Clementine Navigator
Offers Clementine images on a clickable map.
Lunar Prospector
Excellent summaries of new info here.  I salute Dr. Alan Binder for his work.
The Inconstant Moon
Offers a daily lunar map for observing that night's features.  A nicely done site with music!
Antonio Cidadao Home Page
This page offers a remarkably large number of lunar photographs by an amateur.  It also has all the locations of the lunar space missions marked in a special section.
Universe Today
This remarkable site has astronomy news information pulled off current news sites.  It is searchable, so one can put in their favorite astronomical body and check on the latest news.
Moon Rise/Set Times

Sunrise/Sunset/Twilight and Moonrise/Moonset/Phase