Lunar Observing Schedule for: Jamaica - Kingston



Produced by the Department of Physics at Aberystwyth University, UK
Ill is percentage illumination of the Moon


2017-Nov-01 UT 00:00-03:19 Ill=87% Herodotus

     BAA Request: Some astronomers have occasionally reported seeing 
     a pseudo peak on the floor of this crater. However there is no 
     central peak! Please therefore image or sketch the floor, 
     looking for anything near the centre of the crater resembling 
     a light spot, or some highland emerging from the shadow. All 
     reports should be emailed to: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k 


2017-Nov-02 UT 01:36-03:25 Ill=94% Briggs

     BAA Request: On 2010 Apr 27 Peter Grego noticed a craterlet 
     just to the east of Briggs (this is normal), but also an E-W 
     trending lineament or wrinkle ridge that does not show up on 
     NASA LAC charts - it is this we wish to confirm by re-
     observing under similar seleonographic colongitudes. An 8" or 
     larger telecope is required, Please send any high resolution 
     images, detailed sketches, or visual descriptions to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Nov-03 UT 23:40-02:51 Ill=100% Full_Moon

     ALPO Request: Please take images of the Full Moon, but make 
     sure you under expose as we want to avoid bright ray craters 
     like Aristarchus, Tycho, Proclus etc from saturating. The 
     purpose behind this is we want to compare with images of 
     Earthshine which are essentially zero phase illumination 
     images, like at Full Moon. There have been reports in the past 
     that Aristarchus varies greatly in brightness compared to 
     other features. David Darling (a past TLP coordinator) has 
     suggested this was simply due to libration effects, i.e. 
     viewing angles, so we would naturally like to test this 
     theory out. Also if you have any past images of close to Full 
     Moon, please send these in too if the above mentioned craters 
     are not saturated. Pretty much any size telescope can be used 
     to take these images so long as we can clearly see the above 
     craters. Obviously do not attempt this if the sky is cloudy or 
     hazy. Observations will be presented in the "Lunar Observer" 
     - a monthly publication of the Lunar Section of ALPO. All 
     reports should be emailed to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c . uk


2017-Nov-06 UT 04:17-05:51 Ill=94% Aristarchus

     BAA Request: Do the appearance of the bands on the crater rim 
     vary (blur) in appearance over time? Compare them to bands in 
     other craters e.g. Herodotus, Kepler, Copernicus. If you do 
     see any variations in sharpness, see how it relates to 
     atmospheric seeing condtions. All images or sketches should 
     be emailed to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k 


2017-Nov-06 UT 07:36-09:45 Ill=94% Geminus

     BAA Request: On 2011 Jan 21 Nigel Longshaw suspected the 
     eastern side of Geminus (on the border of the crater filled 
     shadow and the eastern illuminated rim) had a colouration to 
     it. This extended for a short distance from the floor shadow 
     into the illuminated rim width and spanned  from the north to 
     the south of the crater. For a comparison, Cleomedes was 
     checked but nothing unusual was noticed in its shadow. The 
     observer notes that Elger also saw colour here too. Its 
     probable that some natural surface colouration was observed, 
     but this needs to be checked out? Telescopes of aperture 4" 
     or larger are needed to observe this effect. If you have a 
     refractor, then try using this, otherwise a reflector will do 
     just as well. Please send any sketches, images, or visual 
     descriptions to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Nov-11 UT 06:44-10:50 Ill=43% Earthshine: Northern Taurids, ZHR=5 vel=29km/s

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-12 UT 07:39-10:50 Ill=33% Earthshine: Northern Taurids, ZHR=5 vel=29km/s

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-13 UT 08:32-10:51 Ill=23% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-14 UT 09:25-10:51 Ill=15% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-15 UT 10:16-10:52 Ill=9% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-16 UT 10:46-10:55 Ill=4% Moon

     BAA Request: Please try to image the Moon as a very thin 
     crescent, tryimg to detect Earthshine. A good telephoto lens 
     will do on a DSLR, or a camera on a small scope. We are 
     attempting to monitor the brightness of the edge of the 
     earthshine limb in order to follow up a project suggested by 
     Dr Martin Hoffmann at the 2017 EPSC Conference in Riga, 
     Latvia. This is quite a challenging project due to the sky 
     brightness and the low altitude of the Moon. Please be very 
     careful around sunrise so as not to be observing once the Sun 
     has risen. Do not bother observing if the sky conditions are 
     hazy. Any images should be emailed to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k


2017-Nov-16 UT 09:47-10:52 Ill=4% Earthshine: Leonids: ZHR=15 vel=71km/s

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-17 UT 10:32-10:53 Ill=1% Earthshine: Leonids: ZHR=15 vel=71km/s

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-19 UT 22:49-00:21 Ill=2% Moon

     BAA Request: Please try to image the Moon as a very thin 
     crescent, tryimg to detect Earthshine. A good telephoto lens 
     will do on a DSLR, or a camera on a small scope. We are 
     attempting to monitor the brightness of the edge of the 
     earthshine limb in order to follow up a project suggested by 
     Dr Martin Hoffmann at the 2017 EPSC Conference in Riga, 
     Latvia. This is quite a challenging project due to the sky 
     brightness and the low altitude of the Moon. Please do not 
     attempt if the Sun is still above the horizon. Do not bother 
     observing if the sky conditions are hazy. Any images 
     should be emailed to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k


2017-Nov-21 UT 22:53-23:34 Ill=10% Earthshine: Alpha Monocerotids: ZHR=5 (<400) vel=65km/s

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-22 UT 22:53-00:23 Ill=17% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-23 UT 22:53-01:13 Ill=25% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-24 UT 01:31-01:35 Ill=25% S_Pole

     BAA Request: On 2011 Apr 08 Arthur Kemp observed that the 
     Leibnitz peaks at the southern pole stood out sharply. However 
     one of the peaks was “shining like a spot light. So bright that 
     he could not make out its shape”. – image clear and steady with 
     excellent transparency and seeing. There were no aparent changes 
     in brightness. Previous observations of this area had never 
     shown such an unusual brightness, and Arthur likened the 
     brightness to “a maximum brightness of Venus shining amongst 2nd 
     magnitude stars”. The observer was an experienced observer. 
     Minimum telescope aperture required: 3", and try to use a 
     refractor if possible. Please send any high resolution 
     images, detailed scetches, or  visual descriptions to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Nov-24 UT 22:53-02:05 Ill=34% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-25 UT 22:53-02:57 Ill=44% Earthshine: sporadic meteors

     These can only be observed using low-light level cameras running at 25 frames per sec,
     or faster, and capable of recording 9th or 10th magnitude stars in real time.
     Dates/UTs of observing runs, or detections of impacts, should be emailed to:
     ALPO - email: c u d n i k @ s b c g l o b a l . n e t
     BAA - email: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k
     UAI - email: a m . 5 4 8 5 2 @ g m a i l . c o m


2017-Nov-26 UT 22:49-00:14 Ill=52% Montes_Teneriffe

     BAA Request: please image this area as we want to compare 
     against a sketch made in 1854 under similar illumination. 
     However if you want to check this area visually (or with a 
     colour camera) we would be very interested to see if you can 
     detect some colour on the illuminated peaks of this mountain 
     range, or elsewhere in Mare Imbrium. Features to capture in 
     any image (mosaic), apart from Montes Teneriffe, should 
     include: Plato, Vallis Alpes, Mons Pico and Mons Piton. Any 
     visual descriptions, sketches or images of Earthshine should 
     be emailed to: a t c @ a b e r . a c . u k


2017-Nov-26 UT 23:39-00:14 Ill=53% Plato

     BAA Request: It has been noticed that a bright carterlet can 
     appear very suddenly on the floor of Plato in between needle 
     like shadows, during local lunar sunrise. This happens in the 
     space of just a minute or so, and can look really quite dramatic.
     This effect was first spotted by Brian Halls on 2014 Oct 31 
     Please send any high resolution images, detailed scetches, or 
     visual descriptions to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Nov-27 UT 03:36-04:11 Ill=54% Tycho

     BAA Request: How early can you see the central peak of this 
     crater illuminated by scattered light off the crater's west 
     illuminated rim? High resolution and/or long exposures needed 
     to capture detail inside the floor shadow. All images should 
     be sent to me on the email adrress below, whether or not you 
     were successful in capturing the central peak: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k 


2017-Nov-27 UT 23:11-23:19 Ill=63% Copernicus

     BAA Request: On 2012 Sep 24 E. Horner noticed a very strong red 
     colour around part of the sunlit inner rim of Copernicus, 
     sometimes a 1/4 and sometimes 1/2 around the interior. Quite 
     likely this was some form of atmospheric spectral dispersion - 
     though the observer checked for similar effects on other craters 
     but saw none. But to be sure we would like to obtain some colour 
     images or visual observations of this crater. The minimum sized 
     telescope to be used would ideally a 6" reflector. Low elevation 
     angles for the Moon are ideal as we want to try to replicate 
     this effect if it is indeed due to atmospheric spectral 
     dispersion. Please send any high resolution images, detailed 
     sketches, or visual descriptions 
     to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Nov-28 UT 01:07-02:17 Ill=63% Copernicus

     BAA Request: On 2006 Jan 05 Geoff Burt make a sketch of 
     Copernicus, and in it he drew a speck of light in the 
     interior shadow between the central peaks and the NE rim. Was 
     this due to a chance alighnment of the Sun and rim valley at 
     sunrise? Try to sketch or image this crater (over exposing if 
     necessary) to see if there is any highland projecting out of 
     the shadow in this location. Please send any high resolution 
     images, detailed sketches, or visual descriptions to: 
     a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .


2017-Nov-28 UT 01:19-04:28 Ill=63% Cichus

     BAA Request: Following an article by Nigel Longshaw in the 
     Journal of the British Astronomical Association in 2015 June 
     (p154-157), we would like to encourage sketches and images of 
     the Cichus-Weiss region of the Moon. At this particular 
     illumination you may be able to see (depending upon libration) 
     a "curved thread of light" effect extending into the night 
     side of the Moon, just north of Cichus. The effect was 
     originally detailed by Thomas Elger in a sketch from 1888. We 
     would very much like to know the duration of this effect. 
     Ideally suited for scopes of aperture 4" or larger. If 
     imaging, try over exposing slightly in order to bring ut 
     detail on the terminator. Please send any observation 
     you make to: 
     n i g e l @ a j c o c k e r a s s o c i a t e s . c o . u k


2017-Nov-30 UT 01:49-02:46 Ill=83% Aristarchus

     ALPO Request: On 2013 Apr 22 Paul Zellor noticed that the two 
     closely spaced NW dark bands in Aristarchus had some (non-blue) 
     color to them. Can we confirm his observation of natural colour 
     here? Ideally you should be using a telescope of 10" aperture, or 
     larger. Please send any high resolution color images, detailed 
     sketches, or visual descriptions to: a t c @ a b e r . a c. u k .