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Planning for Lunar Observations Coursework

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Astronomy Coursework-Planning

In this coursework I will be observing the moon and its lunar features. I will observe over a number of dates and draw/replicate the image I see as accurately and precisely as possible. When drawing my observation I will be clearly highlighting major features such as the Kepler Crater, the Sea of Crises and the Caucasus Mountains.


I hope to do my observations every day. This is because as my data will not be completely accurate (as these observations are made by naked eye, and not using any equipment such as binoculars, telescopes of cameras) so I will not be able to cross-check my information, so any in-accuracies in my data will hopefully be corrected and thus my overall end result will be more reliable. As stated before, I will produce labelled drawings for each evening showing all lunar features seen with the naked eye.

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II. Slight quivering of the image with moments of calm lasting several seconds.III. Moderate seeing with larger air tremors that blur the image.IV. Poor seeing, constant troublesome undulations of the image.V. Very bad seeing, hardly stable enough to allow a rough sketch to be made.

I will start my observations on Wednesday 19th of December 2012 and end on Wednesday the 30th of January 2013. Depending on the success of the data from 19th to the 26th of December I will change the rate of my observations. This will so to speak my Preliminary study. If up to that point there are little observations (2-3) I will increase the rate of my observations to whenever possible, however if there are sufficient observations (>3) I will continue in the pattern of 1 observation a day when possible. This is because then

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I will also take weather forecasts that I can decide on a suitable observation date and label the weather forecast on my observation sheet.

I will take my observations in the following order:

  1. First I will write down the date and all other details of the observation, such as the light pollution or the weather.
  2. Then I will take my observation and draw and label the key features of the moon, such as the Kepler Crater or the Sea of Crises.
  3. Finally I will note down any specific notes in the notes box, such as that I took the specific observation on top of a very high hill, and thus light pollution and obscuring objects didn’t affect me as much as in other observations.

My prediction for this scientific observation is that the moon will travel through its lunar phases/cycle during the time that I take for my observations. These are also shown below. Sadly I actually start my observations half-way through the lunar cycle, so

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