On 1988 Apr 21 at UT 01:53 D. Spain (Fairdale, KY, USA, 3.5" reflector?, x60) observed a narrow white streak of mag 5-6 of duration 0.5 sec that covered 160-320km near the centre of the Moon at 01:53UT. A similar streak happened again but the direction was different. Next 2 small red flashes were seen at 02:00 and 02:01UT of magnitude 7 (<1sec) in the vicinity of Aristarchus. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=327 and the weight=1.
On 1983 Jul 20 at UT 18:50-22:40 P.W. Foley (Kent, UK, 12"reflector, seeing II-III) noted that the south wall of Plato at the 11 o'clock position, at the location of a cleft, was fuzzy on either side of the cleft. There was also a deep red colour along the cleft and the outside wall. The colour had gone by 22:40 though. All other parts of the rim of Plato were clear and distinct. M. Cook (Frimley, UK, seeing III) sketched some obscurations at 22:03UT. At 22:08UT the red colour reduced to a red line and vanished by 22:37. The south wall obscuration varied in size and there was a possible obscuration at the 7 o'clock position. J. Cook (Frimley, UK, seeing II-III) confirmed Foley's and M.Cook's observations. Detail inside the crater was sharp, but colour oppoiste to what is usual. Price (Camberley, UK, seeing IV-V) a few km away had atmospheric ripples affecting his observations. At 21:36UT G. North described the south wall as odd in appearance and the terrain south of this was lacking in detail - this was odd because elsewhere Plato was nice and sharp. At 21:45UT though the north section of the crater was a hazy red. The cameron 206 catalog ID=224 and the weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
In 1790 Mar 03 at 22:00 UT Wilkins (England?) observed Herschel's 1787 lumninous point (Aristarchus) in the same place. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=67 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Gassendi 1966 Sep 02 UT 22:55-02:55 Observed by Moseley, Moore, Gill, Harris, Frost and Hall (Armagh, Northern Ireland, 10" refractor + Moon Blink, Seeing=fair) and by Cave (England using a Moon blink) "Eng. Moonblink sys. detected red glows on c.p. & around it; seen vis. too. (Corralitos obs.at the time? did not see anything?)" Note that the Arnagh observers were all using the same telesope, The observing times of M. Cave are not given but they saw a blink SW of the central peaks. NASA catalog ID 972. NASA catalog weight=5. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Atlas 1969 Aug 01 UT 03:36-04:00 Observed by Pither (Nottinghamshire, England) NASA catalog reports: "Eng. moon blink in crater at 0336h close to E. wall, NE of central feature. Oval in shape & dirty brownish color & hazy. Started fading at 0345h but may have been due to dawn, Neg results on other features, (Apollo 11 watch)." 12" x450 reflector used. NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog TLP ID No. #1195. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1969 Aug 01 UTC 04:40-05:38 Observed by C. Pamplona e J. Barbosa(Fortaleza, Brazil using 12" x235 and 5" x100 reflectors) - NASA catalog reports: "Enhanced area in SE wall, no pulsation, no color. Usually NW wall is brightest. After 0538h NW region was brightest again, (Apollo 11 watch, indep. confirm. ?)" NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog TLP ID No. # 1196. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Macrobius 1971 Mar 15 UT 02:07-03:15 Observed by Sparks (Exmouth, UK, 6" reflector x400) "Strong pink color extending whole curve of crater's illum. wall, starting & ending in shadow side. Color grew deeper, then faded & ended at 0315h. Changed eyepieces. No other feature had this tho. looked for. Survived many separate powers of eyepieces." NASA catalog weight=2 (low). NASA catalog ID #1289.
On 1980 Sep 28 at UT05:00-07:00 W. Steed (Ocean City, MD, USA, 3" refractor, x45 and x220) detected a "tower-like" feature on the east rim of Mouchez crater, and appeared about 2-3x higher than other mountains nearby. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=112 and the weight=1. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1977 Oct 31 UT 05:03 V.M. Chernov (Soviet Union) observed that Copernicus was brighter than normal i.e. brighter than Kepler. It was though slightly less bright than it had been on during the Oct 28th TLP. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1982 Sep 07 UT 0330-0430. K.P. Marshall (Columbia, 12" reflector, seeing III) saw no craterlets on the floor of Plato, but what he considered unusual was an extremely bright short section of the north rim of Plato - far brighter than, any other part of the rim, and only slightly less bright than Mons Piton. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Theophilus 1965 Jul 18 UTC 08:52-09:01 Observed by Cross, Ariola (Whittler, CA, USA, 19" reflector, x450, S=4, T=3) "Red spots; ruby red within a pink area on c.p." NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID #885. ALPO/BAA weight=4.
1964 Jul 29 UT 05:40-06:06 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA) "Nimbus only -- dark viol. hue. S.floor granulated, dull -- 6 bright. Faint yellow-brown tinge. Rest of crater 8." S=6, T=3- 2. NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #838. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1979 Nov 09 at 10:30-11:05UT D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, S= 4-2/10, T=P) detected a rapid fade in brightness of south and north sunlit slopes of Mons Piton. Then the western flank faded and became obscured in detail. The variations detected were approximately 5 sec in duration, where as seeing effects were of the order of 15 sec. Mons Pico and other mountains did not show a similar effect. "It was seen only in viol. filter tho once seemed blurred in red. No changes, dimming was like a veil of mist covering the mtn - swiftly, then dissipating as rapidly. Sketch. Phenomenon went on & off till 11:00UT. Cloud was cir. In viol & spreadover mtn in 2s. Saw 6 rapid, spinning motions within the cloud like an explosion or tornado seen from above. Blurring in red was more elongated. Motion across it was like a heat wave. Whole event lasted ~35m but disappeared in a few secs. Albedos 7.4 cp, 7.5 pt A, 7 pt B." Cameron 2005 catalog ID=75 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1978 Nov 20 UTC 03:00-05:00 Observed by Foley (Kent, UK, no spurious colour, Seeing Antoniadi II and transparency good.) - colouration seen: very bright violet spot on the north west interior. No brightness variations seen. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=44 and weight=. The ALPO/BAA weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1888 Nov 23 at 16:15-17:00 UT Von Speissen & others of Berlin, Germany, using a 3.5" refractor (x180), saw a "Triangular patch of light (time in Middlehurst catalog wrong? Moonrise was at > 18:30h. If year =1887, age=8.8 days & time OK. must be same observation as ID=256 in Cameron 1978 catalog - note similarity of names and also the reference date). Cameron 1978 catalog ID=258 and weight=1.
Heraclides Point 1948 Jul 27 UT 02:00? Observed by Doherty (Stoke-on- Trent, England, 3" refractor? or 6" reflector or 10" reflector) "Strangeley blurred & misty; La Place Prom was perfectly sharp." NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #507.
Lichtenberg area 1940 Oct 22 UT 07:12 Observed by Barcroft (Madera, CA, USA, 6" reflector) "Only slightly redish color this nite, comp. with previous nites (see #'s 467 & 477)" NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #478. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1995 Apr 03 at UT 03:30 Unknown Observer (Transparency good) saw a darkening in the Cobra Head, Schroter's valley area of Aristarchus - the best example that he had ever seen. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=474 and the weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=. Reference - BAA Lunar Section circular 1995 Oct, p125 and personal communication from David Darling to the BAA on 6/6/1995. Note it is uncertain whether this refers to the Clementine mission or to somebody who observed during the Clementine mission, or somebody with that surname. Anyway if it is the Clementine mission then the date is wrong - possibly the year should have been 1994? The Cameron catalogue does actually mention a TIFF on Clementine mission? The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=474 and the weight=3. I am assuming that the year should be 1994 and not 1995? The ALPO/BAA catalog weight=1 until we can find out what the correct date is?
Aristarchus 1964 Jul 31 UT 02:00-02:23 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 5" reflector x180) "Deep ravine on E.glacis interrupted midway of its length by apparent break just below rim of craterlet assoc. with EWBS. Normally, ravine is seen continuous. Probable obscuration at pt, of break." S=7, T=5. NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #834. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Triesnecker 1966 Jul 10 UTC 02:00-02:15 Observed by Allen (Cambridge, England) and other observations by Corralitos Observatory (Organ Pass, NM, USA). Described in NASA catalog as: "Faint illum. of a ridge in shadow; faded quickly (in BAA judged dubious). Not confirmed by Corralitos MB." 12?" refractor (x280) used at Cambridge and at Corralitos 24" reflector. NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog TLP ID No. #956.
On 1996 Feb 12 at UT 07:30-08:27 J.Sandel (Caycee, SC, USA) noted a contrast effect inside Tycho at sunset. At 07:30UT there was a slight, but definite illumination of small areas of the crater floor west of the central; peak. Also seen by T. Ferrel (Lawrenceville, GA, USA, SCT C8). This was oval in shape and gray in colour - Ferrel noted some diffuseness. It brightened over 30 minutes. At 08:11UT a definite brightness fade noted in Tycho's central peak. The crater floor had increased illumination of entire crater floor. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1944 Aug 12 at UT 04:00 H.P. Wilkins (Kent, UK, 8.52" reflector) observed that central craterlet in Plato was unusually bright and shows up as a bright white spot on his sketch - though this might have been artistic license in his sketch. His written notes refer to the unusual lack of a rim (especially the northern part) to this craterlet. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Aristarchus 1970 Jul 26 UT 15:00? Observed by Sekiyuchi (Tokyo, Japan, 36" reflector) "Polarimetric and photoeletric anomalies on Moon" NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID #1268. ALPO/BAA weight=5.
Herodotus 1969 Aug 09 UTC 03:00-04:03 Observed by Gomez (Sabadell, Spain) desribed in NASA catalog as: "Bright point on SE wall at 0300h, gone at 0322h. Brightened in blink device (Eng.) at 3:30:50, 3:41:36, 04:03:21" 12" reflector x155,x258,x388. Average weight=3 in NASA Catalog. ALPO/BAA weight=2,
On 1940 Dec 25 at UT 10:00? Haas (New Mexico, USA, 12" reflector?) observed the northern horn to be elongated by about 10'. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=482 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1940 Dec 25 at UT 10:00? Haas (New Mexico, USA, 12" reflector?) observed the southern horn to be elongated by about 10'. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=482 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
James Short, Dr Harris and Mr Stephens saw initially a streak of light on the shadowed floor of Plato. They were not expecting to see any light to reach the floor. Shortly afterwards they saw a second streak of light parallel to the first and this shortly divided into two. Gaps in the mountains were found for both streaks, but they were unable to understand why one of the streaks divided into two. Cameron's 1978 assigns this TLP an ID of 20 and a weight of 5. The ALPO/BAA catalog assigns a weight of 1.
During an occultation of lambda Geminorum on the eastern limb the light from the star took 3 seconds to fade. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=8 and weight=2. ALPO/BAA weight=1.