This session was devoted to lunar observing. The position of the moon in this session can be viewed at Lunar Session - June 20, 2018.

Lunar Phase: Waxing Crescent (45.9%)
Q-Day: -1

Moonset: 2:32 AM        Moonrise: 1:39 PM     
Sunrise: 6:41 AM          Sunset: 10:41 PM

Location: Agawa Bay, Lake Superior Provincial Park
Date: 2018-06-19/20
Time: 10:30 PM - 2 AM
Equipment: Visual + Binoculars 10x42 IS
Transparency: Very Good (4)
Seeing: Very Good (4)
Temperature: 12º C
SQM: 21.66

No wind. Clouds only in the W-SW.

At 10:40 PM EDT, the Moon was due south above the horizon in Virgo. With my binoculars, I removed the Moon from my FOV and saw a faint star that I later identified as ν Virgo. beta Virgo (Zavijava) could easily be seen at 7 o'clock to the Moon.

Mare: Crisium, Frigoris, Tranquilitatis and Serenitatis, and Sinus Asperitatis.

Montes: The Montes Caucasus disappeared into the terminator.

Craters: Albategnius, Aliacensis, Aristillus, Aristoteles, Blanchinus, Eudoxus, Hipparchus, Plinius (no shadows), Werner. The Gang of 4 showed as completely white.

At 1:35 AM EDT, the Moon was disappearing into Lake Superior. It was an orangish-gold and what was really cool was how the bands of cloud sliced the Moon and made it appear misshapen. Its a beautiful thing - the Moon going down and its perfect reflection across the glass-like surface of the Lake.



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