Moon Observations

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Moon Project

Jessica Davidson

Astronomy 7

Observation Time: 8:50 p.m.

Obervation 1

A) Date & Location: September 24, 2012. Mt.SAC Campus B) North determined by IPhone App
C) Altitude: 37 degrees
D) Azimuth: 143 degrees
E)
F) Waxing Gibbous
G) Moon rose at 3:24 p.m.
Observation 2

A) Date & Location: September 26, 2012. Mt.SAC Campus B) North determined by IPhone App
C) Altitude: 47 degrees
D) Azimuth: 133 degrees
E)
F) Waxing Gibbous
G) 4:40 p.m.
Observation 3

A) September 28, 2012. Mt.SAC
B) North determined by iPhone App
C) Altitude: 46 degrees
D) Azimuth: 134 degrees
E)
F) Almost looks like a full moon, but waxing gibbous
G) 5:45 p.m.
Observation 4

A) September 30, 2012. My home in Hacienda Heights
B) North determined by iPhone app
C) Altitude: 35 degrees
D) Azimuth 145 degrees
E)

F) Full Moon
G) 6:50 p.m.
Observation 5

A) October 2, 2012. My home in Hacienda Heights
B) North determined by iPhone app
C) Altitude: 22 degrees
D) Azimuth: 158 degrees
E)

F) Waning Gibbous
G) 8:01 p.m.
H) The moon was just about at transit, because according to the moon transit for today it was supposed to occur at exactly 8:50 and that is when I did my observation. Also, I knew it was at transit by creating an imaginary line from the mountains (north) to south and the moon landed just about below that from what it appeared to me. I) N/A

J) N/A
K) N/A

H) The moon was before transit because when looking at the moon, it appeared before my imaginary North to South line in the sky. It was not at its highest point yet. I) The amount of the moon lit up looked bigger. At the same time there was less dark on the moon than the previous observation. J) The altitude increased by 10 degrees, while the azimuth decreased by 10 degrees. K) Compared to observation 1, the moon rose 1 hour and 16 minutes later.

H) The moon was before transit because when looking at the moon it appeared far below my imaginary line of North to South. It was much lower in the sky, and the azimuth was less than 180 degrees. I) The amount of moon showing on this day had much more of the moon than the previous observation. It looked practically all lit up. J) The altitude decreased by 1 degree, while the azimuth also increased by 1 degree. K) Compared to observation 2, the moon rose 1 hour and 5 minutes later.

H) The moon was before transit, I know this because when I looked at the moon and created my imaginary line in between the mountains (north) to south, the moon was too left of my line. Also, when I calculated the azimuth it was less than 180 degrees which makes it before the transit. I) Compared to observation 3, the moon at this time was all lit up. The moon was not showing any darkness, at least that wasn’t visible to my eyes when I observed it. J) In contrast to observation 3, observation 4 the altitude decreased by 11 degrees, but the azimuth increased by 11 degrees. K) The moon rose later by 1 hour and 5 minutes compared to the 3rd observation.

H) The moon was before transit when I observed it. I know this because every single time I drew an imaginary line with my arm from...
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