By Dave Fuller on 1/5/2014 10:00 PM

On January 9, 2014, the Moon will be about 68% illuminated for the Americas. The terminator - that is, where the shadow of the Moon begins and sunlight ceases - is the best place to view the lunar surface with a small telescope. The shadowing makes for dramatic-looking surfaces, and the detail seen is incredible. Because the Moon continues to orbit the Earth every 29.5 days, that terminator shadow moves across the Moon. As more lunar surface is bathed in sunlight, the details become washed out, and the new terminator details are the places to look.

But on Thursday.....

Straight Wall / Rupes Recta detail area

The Nightlight

This blog includes what to see in the night and daytime skies, thoughts on telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy observing accessories and equipment, plus my own occasional notes on objects I've seen and observed. Oh, and the random theater or other "my take on life" post. In other words, there is always something interesting. Check it out.