Rising Full Moon Timetable - Chicagoland - 2016

Rising time, illumination, brightness, azimuth and diameter of Full Moon calculated for Adler Planetarium observers, but good for all Chicagolanders each lunar month


Mean Lunar Orbit

Diagram depicting the true scale of the lunar orbit at a mean eccentricity of 0.0550 and a mean ellipticity of 1.0015 drawn relative to the center of a fixed Earth


Path of the Moon - 2016 January

Chart of the Moon’s monthly path noting phases, apsides, nodes and conjunctions with bright planets and stars


Lunar Occultations of Planets and Stars

Graze maps, preview graphics, data and Besselian elements for upcoming occultations (coverings) of planets and stars by the Moon


Moon Photos

Landscape photos taken from Arlington Heights, Illinois by Curt Renz featuring the Moon usually during twilight while amid clouds or other foreground objects



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Path of the Moon - 2016 December

Chart of the Moon’s monthly path noting phases, apsides, nodes and conjunctions with bright planets and stars


New Moon Spotting - 2016 NOV 29

Preview of the western sky from Chicagoland with the Moon at right of Saturn at 20 minutes after sunset - See article below.


New Moon Spotting - 2016 NOV 30

Preview of the western sky from Chicagoland with the Moon at upper right of Mercury at 40 minutes after sunset - See article below.

New Moon Spotting - 2016 DEC 01

Preview of the western sky from Chicagoland with the Moon at lower right of Venus at 60 minutes after sunset - See article below.


               LATE NOVEMBER NEW MOON SPOTTING


It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon after sunset by naked eye (or eyeglasses) as early as possible. I use the term New Moon in its traditional sense of one’s first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). The Dark Moon (which some call New Moon) was in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2016 NOV 29 at 12:18 UT (06:18 CST).


   Early sighting of a New Moon can be difficult for observers north of the tropics during the months surrounding the time of the Autumnal Equinox due to the sharp angle at which the ecliptic strikes the horizon at sunset. The waxing crescent Moon riding north of the ecliptic may be helpful, while slow movement near apogee could counteract that. The Moon after sunset on November 29 was about a half-day old. Sighting it that evening may have been almost impossible except perhaps for some sharp eyed observers in the southwestern USA. More observers should have had success on November 30. See my New Moon preview graphics above.


Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2016. Those are waxing crescent Moons about 10% illuminated and aged about three days. The name is a reference to the archery equipment of the ancient Roman Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. The graphic nicely illustrates how the season of the year affects the viewing of a waxing crescent Moon.



Monthly Lunar Calendar

Daily lunar phases, eclipses, planetary events and meteor showers

A Great Computer Desktop Background Wallpaper!


Diana’s Bows - 2016

Panorama of all 12 evening waxing crescent Moons approximately 10% illuminated and aged about 3 days - See last paragraph of article below.


Morning Bows - 2016

Panorama of all 13 morning waning crescent Moons approximately 10% illuminated about 3 days prior to solar conjunction


Full Moons - 2016-2017

Panorama illustrating the geocentric declination, distance, angular diameter and relative brightness of 15 Full Moons


Cycle of Lunar Phases

Simplified diagram not to true scale illustrating how the shape of the illuminated portion of the Moon’s apparent disk changes as our natural satellite orbits the Earth



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Lunar Libration - 2016 January

Graphs of the monthly moderate apparent swings of the visible lunar surface in longitude and latitude


Lunar Libration - 2016 December

Graphs of the monthly moderate apparent swings of the visible lunar surface in longitude and latitude


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Lunar Libration in 2 Dimensions Combined

Graph of the moderate apparent swings of the visible lunar surface combining longitude and latitude into a single 2-D chart for 00:00 CST (06:00 UT) each day


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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse - 2017 FEB 10

Preview of the movements of the Moon into the Earth’s penumbra with CST (UT-6) timings - Lunar altitudes for Chicago  


Lunar Terminator on Craters, Lunar X & Curtiss Cross

Table of sunrises and sunsets on various rayed craters, Lunar X and Curtiss Cross, as lunar terminator sweeps across them during current lunar month


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SuperMoons 2015-2034

10 Full Moons with greatest geocentric angular diameters - 10 Full Moons with greatest geocentric brightness ratios (brightness outside penumbra in cases of eclipses)