The week of August 5-11  takes us from Day 5 to Day 11. This week we will highlight the Arago domes viewable on Tuesday night.

Arago domes: [NE/J12] Near the crater Arago there is a pair of very large domes, one to its north (Arago a [Alpha]) and one to its west (Arago b [Beta]). These are two of the largest and most prominent domes on the Moon, and halfway between Arago a and the crater Maclear (100 miles to its northeast) you will find a challenging group of four smaller domes. It will be a nice victory for you if you manage to spot them.

OF ADDITIONAL INTEREST IN SPACE: JUPITER, SATURN AND MERCURY

For you early birds, before the Sun rises on Friday, August 9, Mercury will be at its greatest elongation west of the Sun and around magnitude +0.2. It is reported that the great Copernicus himself never saw Mercury!

Jupiter and Saturn are well-placed for viewing above the southern horizon through September.

 

======================

It is highly recommended that you get a copy of Sky and Telescope’s Field Map of the Moon, the very finest Moon map available for use at the telescope. It is available for $10.95 at www.skyandtelescope.com and on Amazon. All features mentioned in this blog will be keyed to the grid on the Field Map and will look like this: Plato: [NW/D9]

Credits:
Courtesy of Gray Photography of Corpus Christi, Texas
Lunar photos: NASA / USGS / BMDO / LROC / ASU / DLR / LOLA / Moon Globe. Used by permission

Andrew Planck

Andrew Planck

Author and Astronomer Andrew Planck shepherds you to the moon and its mysteries of intrigue and surprise. Learn about the moon’s most fascinating objects, understand how the moon was formed and the names of many of the craters … and why they honor individuals who have changed the course of history.
Andrew Planck

Latest posts by Andrew Planck (see all)

Arago Domes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *