On 26th of July 1609 English mathematician and astronomer Thomas Harriot drew the first map of the Moon by observing it through a telescope.
The Moon will be Full on June 5th, with a faint penumbral lunar eclipse, and it will be New on June 21st, on which there will be an annular solar eclipse, visible from central Africa, northern India and China.
Thursday 7th May 2020. 10 pm. Moon over the Bay of Hinderayre, Orkney.
The Supermoon over Orkney at 6am on 9th of March 2020. Image by Kenny Armet
There will be a Supermoon on 9th March, when the Moon will be Full and also at its closest to Earth.
I was reading a collection of short stories by Arthur C. Clarke called ‘Of Time and Stars’, with a foreword by the man himself.
“The landing on the Moon was a transformational achievement which changed the perspective we have on our own planet forever: a fragile blue marble on the vast dark lunar sky.”
Duncan Lunan who writes the popular astronomy features for The Orkney News was on BBC Radio Scotland on Friday.
“From the Moon to the Stars is the first of two collections of my space-travel stories to be published by Other Side Books.”
The Moon will be New on February 4th and Full on February 19th, another ‘Supermoon’ when the Moon is Full at its closest to Earth.