SPACE.com — Explore Moon Mountains from Your Backyard

SPACE.com — Explore Moon Mountains from Your Backyard: “When is the best time to observe the moon with a telescope? Most astronomy neophytes might say it is when it’s at full phase — but that’s probably the worst time to look at it! When the moon is full it tends to be dazzlingly bright, as well as flat and one-dimensional in appearance.

In contrast, the interval when the moon is at or just past first quarter phase, or at or just before last quarter phase, is when we get the best views of the lunar landscape right along the sunrise-sunset line or terminator.”

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