A half-moon makes better viewing than a full moon. Know why? I’ll tell you in a minute.
Tonight was International Observe the Moon Night, if you didn’t alrready know. So, this evening, I went to the University of Texas at Arlington Planetarium. On the sidewalk a couple of fellows set up their telescopes for gazing at the moon, and a few passersby stopped to take a look. Ben has the black telescope and Kenneth has the orange one. A third fellow, I didn’t get his name, gave an impromptu seminar about the moon. It’s great that these fellows provide this opportunity for folks, and it’s a shame there wasn’t a bigger turnout.
Oh.. about the half-moon. A half-moon makes better viewing because shadows improve the contrast and make the landscape more three-dimensional. A full-moon appears flat and washed out.
I didn’t get a photo of the moon itself, not this time. But I do have a full-moon shot, taken in 2009. Not much has changed…