The Moon
The Moon

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The Moon

1 Observing the Moon

Activity 1

Timing: 0 hours 30 minutes

Try to make out features on the surface of the Moon, even if you have no optical aid available. If you have the use of a pair of binoculars you will probably be surprised by how much you can see (especially if you avoid full Moon). A telescope is even better, provided it can be held steadily enough. If you can get a look at the Moon's surface before studying the rest of the course, so much the better.

Now study Chapter 6 of Teach Yourself Planets, available in Section 2 page by page, followed by the guided discussion. Note that all references in Chapter 6 of Teach Yourself Planets to other chapters, are to other chapters of Teach Yourself Planets - these references are not to other sections of this course.


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