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You Can't Go Yourself Yet - So?
You can get in on the exploring and pioneering fun and thrill in many ways from right at home. Your launch pad can be your keyboard or your own personal telescope or a well-chosen book.


Explore the Moon from your PC with new NASA-Ames Woldwind Software (Windows 2000 or XP only)

Rotating Moon Globe (524 k) - after the 72 frames load, one by one, you can watch the Moon turn beneath you.

The Full Moon Atlas: Lunar Navigator

Lunar Consoladated Atlas - clickable thumbnails of each section of the Moon's nearside hemisphere - be patient while the thumbnails load, then browse and open any that catch your interest for a larger view (with a click link to a very large photo c. 600K.)

• Explore the Moon with the Clementine Lunar Image Browser. Below is an image of the Moon derived from data accumulated by the Clementine satellite. This interface allows you to view an image of the Moon, centered on whatever point you indicate by clicking on the image below. In addition you may select from a variety of resolutions and image sizes. You may also retrieve a copy of the actual data returned by the satellite from which the multi-resolution images are derived by using the form in the bottom section of this page. More information and help are available for this interface.

More Links to Moon Photos

Explore the Animated Moon

Here is the current phase of the Moon


Explore the Future Mars at The Red, Green, & Blue Mars Site where you will find neat global maps of a terraformed Mars, showing likely seas and vegetation areas. Point and click where you want to look in greater depth at your choice of resolution.




There are two groups of Amateur Astronomers concentrating on observing the Moon. • The American Lunar Society and • the Lunar Section of A.L.P.O. [the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers]. Your local astronomy club can help you choose the right equipment within your budget. You might benefit from their assistance. For an online guide to what you can expect to see tonight, try the Inconstant Moon site. Just click on today's date on the calendar on the screen.

new - Yahoo's Lunar-Observing Group

American Lunar Society observing the Moon

Books on Observing the Moon

Welcome to the Moon: Twelve Lunar Expeditions for Small Telescopes
by Robert Bruce Kelsey (Paperback - June 2003)
Avg. Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars
(Amazon.com) Buy new: $11.95 - Used from $6.00
Paperback: 111 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 0.28 x 8.53 x 5.54
Publisher: Naturegraph Pub; (June 2003)
ISBN: 0879612452
REVIEW: A well written 'how to' for novice astronomers. The book describes pieces of the telescope to seas of the Moon in a organized fashion. Chapters are broken out as views of the moon and each attraction is mapped with directions. Historical anecdotes accompany each chapter and give good perspective to what we are viewing. The author respects the reader- there are no excessive words and he assumes intelligence. It makes you want to know more about the Moon!

Exploring the Moon Through Binoculars and Small Telescopes
by Ernest H. Cherrington
Paperback: 240 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.56 x 11.00 x 8.28
Publisher: Dover Pubns; (April 1, 1984)
ISBN: 0486244911
(Amazon.com) Buy new: $13.97 - Used from $9.00
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
REVIEW: Informative, profusely illustrated guide to locating and identifying craters, rills, seas, mountains, other lunar features. Newly revised and updated with special section of new photos. Over 100 photos and diagrams. "Extraordinary delight awaits the amateur astronomer or teacher who opens this book."-The Science Teacher.


Astronomical League Lunar Club Certificate
Earn a Certificate for Observing 100 features on the Moon

Requirements: To qualify for the AL's Lunar Club Certificate and pin, you need only be a member of the Astronomical League, either through an affiliated club or as a Member-at-Large, and observe 100 features on the moon. These 100 features are broken down into three groups: 18 naked eye, 46 binocular, and 36 telescopic features. Any pair of binoculars and any telescope may be used for this program. As a matter of fact, to prove that the Lunar Club could be done with small apertures, we used 7x35 binoculars and a 60mm refractor.

If you would like a good recommendation for a lunar map to use with this program, we suggest, for those of you on a budget, "Moon Map" (S0003) by Sky & Telescopoe for $2.95. Sky Publishing Corp. can be reached at (800) 253-0245. For a more advanced moon atlas, we recommend Antonin Rukl's "Atlas of the Moon" (#18539) by Kalmbach Publishing Co. for $29.95. Kalmbach Publishing Co. can be reached at (800) 533-6644.

In SE Wisconsin, members of Milwaukee Astronomical Society, Northern Cross Science Foundation (Ozaukee County), and Racine Astronomical Society already have membership via these groups. An at-large membership is $25 per year (U.S.), $35 (outside U.S.)


American Lunar Society Lunar Study & Observing Certificate

This project was designed for those who want to move beyond the simple observing stages. In completing the Certificate, you will observe not just 'craters and maria', but also sinuous rilles and volcanoes, flooded craters and secondary craters, arcuate rilles and mare ridges. Further, you will come to understand just how these features formed, and what they tell us about the history of the moon. In short, this project will produce competent observers, who are qualified to teach others about the wonders of the moon. May you enjoy the learning and the hunt. -- Eric Douglass

To earn the ALS Study and Observing Certificate one must complete the following steps:

1. Read the article "Geologic Processes On The Moon", which is presented in the 'General Articles' section on this web site.

2. Complete an 'open book' test over the article "Geologic Processes On The Moon" (note: this is not a difficult test; it is only designed to ensure that the article was read). Passing score occurs at 80% correct answers.

3. Observe a list of objects, and keep a log of what was seen. Only 90% of these objects need be observed to complete this requirement.

4. Mail both the test and a copy of your log, along with a check for $8 (processing fee) to:

Eric Douglass
10326 Tarleton Dr.
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Your certificate will be mailed to you within 4 weeks of arrival in my hands.


Explore Earth From Space - http://earth.jsc.nasa.gov/

A database of selected astronaut-acquired imagery from space

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Expand Your Mind and Horizons with Good Fiction!

Pair of Fiction Magazines


Recent Moon and Mars Novels
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(1) Moon Novels

(2) Mars Novels


POETRY with a Lunar Theme



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