The week of March 13-19 takes us from Day 21 to Day 28. This week we will highlight Mons Piton on the moon, located in the NW quadrant of the Field Map and viewable early Tuesday morning.

Mount Piton is an isolated mountain on the moonMons Piton: [NE/E9; L=1°W] Mount Piton is an isolated mountain rising 1½ miles above the eastern part of Mare Imbrium which has an extra treat: a meteor landed smack on top of its summit and left a tiny crater! Glimpsing the crater requires a night of steady seeing and good optics.


On March 13, 1781, William Herschell discovers Uranus.
On Sunday, Saturn will be 4° north of the Moon.


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 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]

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

Andrew Planck
Mons Piton – Isolated Mountain on the Moon
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