On 2006 Dec 08 at UT 17:32 (+/- 2 min) M. Collins (Palmerston North, New Zealand, 3.5" Maksutov, 40mm eyepiece, seeing III-IV) observed during daylight hours an extremely bright flash south of Godin. It flared up and down over a fraction of a second an appeared three times brighter than the Moon background itself. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1877 Nov 23 UT 22:00? Observed by Crain, Klein, Eng. officer (France?, Cologne, Germany, England?, 6" refractor?) "A luminous triangular object on floor & each craterlet on floor outlined as a lum. pt. (indep. confirm.?)" NASA catalog weight=5 (very high). NASA catalog ID #199. ALPO/BAA weight=4.
On 1955 Oct 04 UT 22:00 Dubois and Kozyrev (Crimea, Soviet Union, 50" reflector) observed the following in Aristarchus crater: "Low disprsion (d=.13 whereas on Oct 28 & Nov d=0.03) Spectogram showing emiss. in central part nr. H&K". Cameron says that this is a confirmation of the previous Bartlett TLP? The Cameron 1978 catalog ID= 619 and weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=5.
Pico 1976 Aug 13/14 20:50-01:00, 03:15 Observed by Foley? or Findlay? (England, S=E) "Dark line to the E. (IAU?) of Pico obs. & persisted till 0100h. On 14th the whole area around Pico was gray & diffused. At 0315h detail reappeared & NW corner sparkled. Small brilliant spot appeared due N. of it & the albdeo exceeded Aristarchus (=9+ ?)" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1443.
Aristarchus 1969 Nov 27 UT 20:00? Observed by Miles (coventry, England, 5" refractor, x120) "Strong pink color in N. part; spectacular strong blink. Did not notice obscur. Bands were vis." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1227.
1936 Oct 04 UT07:42 W.Haas drew bands, many smaller spots on floor. Pickering's atlas 9D col 141 shows bands but no bright spots. Haas' location Aliance, OH, USA. Reference: Haas, W. J.Royal Astr. Soc. Canada. Cameron 1978 catalog ID=416 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
In 1955 Oct 05 at UT 03:40-03:48 Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 5" reflector, x180, S=6, T=5) observed in aristarchus an itenseley bright blue-violet glare on EWBS, E, and NE wall. The Cameron 1978 catalog IF= 620 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Aristillus 1939 Sep 03 UT 05:00 Observed by Haas? (New Mexico?) "Dark area in W. part of floor was I=4.0, comp. with I=1.3, & I=3.7 (see #450, & #454). Used different telescope, but can't explain diff. in albedo, since phase is similar in 2 & dist. from term. similar in all (normal?)." NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #459. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristillus 1939 Jul 06 UT 05:00 Observed by Haas? (NM?, USA, 12" reflector?) "Dark area in W. part of floor was I=1.3 but other dates were brighter. or same. yet cond. similar (see # 454, 459 & 461)" NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #450. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Fracastorius 1975 Jul 27 UT 22:45 Observed by Robinson (Teignmouth, England) "Blink seen. Floor brighter in red than in blue. Suspects colour is spurious". NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1410.
Plato 1975 Jul 27 UT 22:45 Observed by Robinson (Teignmouth, England) "Blink seen. Floors brighter in red than in blue". NASA catalog weight= 1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1410.
Theophilus 1975 Jul 27 UT 22:45 Observed by Robinson (Teignmouth, England) "Blink seen. Floor brighter in red than in blue". NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASa catalog ID #1410.
On 1979 Jul 14 at UT 00:24-01:10 P. Madej (Huddersfield, UK, 15cm reflector, x35, x52, x73 and x110, seeing IV-V, transparency very good). Note that the observing date was also written as Jul 18th in the original report? Puiseaux was very clear in white light, but could not see the cenrtral peak. The central peak though was visible through a Waretten 15 (yellow) filter. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Messier A 1951 Oct 20 UT 00:00? Observed by Moore (England) "Brilliant white circular patch in it. has seen it & Messier blurred several times." NASA catalog weight=4 (good). NASA catalog ID #545 Note that the date and time given are probably wrong as the Sun is ~7deg below the local horizon at this time. ALPO/BAA weight=1 to reflect this error.
On 1904 Aug 01 at 05:00? Pickering (Echo Mt., CA, USA) UT Plato: "Bright hazy obj., 2" diam. on floor, Obs before & after were normal". The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=318 and the weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Jansen 2013 Aug 26 UT 00:30-01:30 P. Grego (Cornwall, UK, 20cm SCT, x200, seeing II, transparency good) observed a dark patch just east of Jansen D. He had not seen this before. There maybe a depression here hinted at in LOLA ndata. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Aristarchus 1956 Jul 28 UT 05:20-05:55 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 5" reflector, x180, S=5, T=4) "Vivid blue- viol. gl. on c.p., band across E. floor, & EWBS, E. & NE wall". N.B. The effect had vanished by 07:20UT. NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID 646. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1975 Jul 29 at UT 00:00 Fraser (England, 6" reflector, x70) and Howick (England, 3.5" reflector) observed the occultation of 51 Pisc. at emersion - Fraser saw a flash or spike of liht which proceeded emersion of primary by 0.4sec. The 9.0 mag companion appeared some moments later. Howick at 1 km away, with 3.5" reflector noted nothing unusual. Cameron says that no 3rd companion is known. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1411 and weight=2. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Aristarchus 1976 Aug 15 UT 23:00-23:45 Observed by Garbott (2) (Bedfordshire, England, 10" reflector x500, seeing Antoniadi I) and by Moore (Sussex, England, 15" reflector, x360, seeing Antoniadi IV) "Noted blue color on N. wall extending toward Herod. Also saw orange color in S. region. Confirmed by father. (similar to many of Bartlett's rept's.), More noted nothing unusual at 2320h." NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #1444. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 2009 Oct 09 UT11:00-11:04 NASA's LCROSS upper centaur stage, followed 4 min later by the observation spacecraft, is due to impact into a the crater Cabeus in the hope of kicking up some dust and possible frozen volatiles. Note that this description is intended for observers on the date of impact and it is doubtful that any new science could be achieved by re-observing the same area months after the impact. If you are observing on the date of impact, then please observe around 11:00-11:04UT and ignore the predicted times in the headings. However this report is included as techniqcally if something is seen it is a TLP, albeit man-made! For those observing on the date in question here are a few observing tips to maximize the science of your observations: (1) If you are imaging, then please try to obtain images before the impact because you can then subtract these from images taken during the impact and hence show up faint changes that you might normally miss. (2) If you have a spare scope and camera,use this to observe through filters such as UBVR or I, or if you have narrow band interference filters, try observing in say Hydrogen Alpha, Methane, OH, or indeed any volatile that you might expect to see in a comet (the main source of water at the poles). (3) Please try checking the area long after the impact, just in case other effects might trigger a TLP. (4) Please go to some trouble to ensure accurate timings- these will be essential in order to understand the sequence of events - assuming any are seen. Timings can be obtained using a short wave radio or via a GPS. Note that you should always use UT or UTC. (5) Please send any observations that you make into the upload section of the LCROSS campaign observers web site. If you belong to an astronomical society e.g. BAA or ALPO, then do please send copies of your observations to the Lunar Sections of your society or club. (6) Finally this desription will be updated a day or two after the planned impact.
Callipus 1952 Sep 09 UT 21:00-21:20 Observed by Moore (England) "Hazy broad line of light seen fr. NW wall to SE wall over shad. floor. Gone next nite at 0120. He gave low wt. to obs. (sunlight between peaks?)." NASA catalog weight=1. NASA catalog ID #553. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 2009 Sep 09 UT23:31:43 P.Grego (St Dennis, Cornwall, UK, seeing II- III) suspected a flash south of Cabeus, just beyond the terminator. It was not bright, and lasted a fraction of a second. Thinks it might have been illusory as he saw some fainter flashes (cosmic rays?) during that nights observing session. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Stochard of Dublin, Ireland, saw naked eye at 10:30UT on 1862 Nov 12 Aristarchus as extraordinarily bright as a bright spot on the Moon. This was seen in daylight with the waning crescent. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=6 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1973 Oct 17 at Ut 11:30 Androsan (Edmonton, Canada, 6" reflector, x230) observed a glow 1-2 sec reappearance of Saturn's rings at a place of ring's appearance on the dark limb. The observers attributed it to Saturn and its rings. Cameron speculates that it might be due to gas or dust at the lunar surface. Eye was attacted to the glow which delineated the limb at a position angle of 210 deg at emersion, at Earthshine at Edmonton. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID= and weight=2. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Kepler 1966 DEc 04 UTC 05:10 Observed by de Beraud (Flossmoore, Ilinois, USA, 6" reflector, x360, S=G) "Saw a bright area thru. blue filter but could not see it in red filter. Decided it was a bluish phenomenon." NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1001.
Aristarchus 1974 Sep 08 UT 04:45-06:30 Observed by Cowan and Johnson (Dublin, TX, 8" reflector, x59, x152, S=7) "Saw a bright luminous, blue, misty cloud on th NE rim. Obscur. for 1st hr. then gave way to pink & features became vis. Cloud was tear-drop shape. No movement to glow. Pink cloud glowed too. Very tenuous by 0130h. (Nakamura says there were no seismic events within several hrs. of this time). Another person saw it without being advised as the where it was." NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID #1393. ALPO/BAA weight=4.
On 2009 Sep 11 UT00:15-00:20 and 01:00-01:05 C.Brook (Plymouth, UK, 5" O.G., x100, seeing tremourlous but definition improving over time) noticed that the central peak(s) in Alphonsus were brightening gradually. No effect was seen earlier at UT23:30-23:35. One presumes that the effect also occured between these two observing times? The observer suspects that this was not a TLP, but is uncertain. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1878 Oct 18 at UT 21:00? Gaudibert (France?, 4"refractor) observed Webb's white spot on SW border of Wargentin to be brilliant, however this had vanished by Oct 19. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=204 and the weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Tycho 2006 Jan 22 UT 06:34-06:36 Observed by Fabio Carvalho (Assis, Sao Paulo Brazil, 25cm f/6 Newtonian) "Green colouration seen on a rim of Tycho, effect remained visible for only 2 minutes. Attempts to image it shortly afterwards failed as it had finished by then" An REA-Brasil observational report. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 2009 Sep 11/12 UT23:28-00:00 M.C. Cook (Mundesley, UK, 90mm Questar, x80 and x190, seeing II and transparency moderate-poor) observed pink on the north west rim of Tycho and green-blue on the inner SW rim. No sign of colour elsewhere on the Moon except for the S-E rim of Plato that was red. The Moon was about 20 deg in altitude at the time. The effect had gone by the end of the observing period. A simulation of spurious colour in different directions was generated by the BAA Lunar Section and found to possibly account for these colours, although there should have been some strong colours seen elsewhere in Tycho and none were. The BAA/ALPO weight=2.
Vitello 1939 Jul 10 UT 09:30 Observed by Haas? (NM? USA, 12?" reflector) "S.part of dark area was I=2.5 but diff. values other times. (see #453, &457). Cond. were similar" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #452.
On 1979 Jul 18 at UT 00:24-01:10 P. Madej (Huddersfield, UK, 15cm reflector, x35, x52, x73 and x110, seeing IV-V, transparency very good). Note that the observing date was also written as Jul 14th in the original report? Puiseaux was very clear in white light, but could not see the cenrtral peak. The central peak though was visible through a Wratten 15 (yellow) filter. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1878 Oct 18 at UT 21:00? Gaudibert (France?, 4" refractor) observed Webb's white spot on SW border of Wargentin that had been brilliant the previous night, had completely vanished tonight. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=204 and the weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1975 Aug 02 UT 02:23-02:49 Observed by Foley (Kent, UK, 12" reflector, photos obtained) "Floor of crater was slate gray/blue & a dense blue-viol. obscur. at NW corner of floor. Photos show smudge there. Phenom. vanished at 0249h. No alert or blink in order to get photos before it faded. Crater was abnormally bright." NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID # 1412. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1897 Sep 22 UT 00:41 Observed by Molesworth (Trincomali, Shri Lanka, 9" reflector, conditions very good) "A Glimmering knotted streak seen beneath and parallel to the W wall. At the centre of the E. Edge of the shadow was another faint glowing effect – probably coincident with the central peak. The crater was more than half filled with shadow." NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #290. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Mare Tranquilitatis 1951 Dec 01 UT 01:08 L.T. Johnson (USA) suspected a flash near Cruger in Earthshine. Not sure whether stationary or moving. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1961 Apr 19 at UT 20:00? an unknown observer reported in Aristarchus a light flash for 15 seconds. Cameron suspects a meteor? The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=735 and weight=1. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1981 Apr 08 at UT 21:45-22:00 P.W. Foley (Kent, UK, 12" reflector) found Aristarchus to be very bright, blue and variable. For example a CED brightness measurement at 21:45 was 0.5 and at 22:00 was 0.2. He also saw some white flashes on the eastern wall lasting each 2 sec in duration, Cameron 2006 catalog ID=128 and weight=1. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1981 Jun 06 at UT 21:30 G.W. Amery (Reading, UK, 10" reflector, seeing III) observed that Aristarchus was "quite distinctly even in twilight & Moon's altitude. Remaining dark areas were just visible". The 2006 Cameron catalog ID=142 and weight=0. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1987 Feb 03 at 00:30UT J. de Carlo (Little Falls, NJ, USA, 4.5" refractor, x260, x350, seeing-very good) observed a very bright yellow light in the centre of Mare Crisium (near a raised crevice), almost like a "gigantic nuclear bomb explosion "which expanded (to 1/8th the diameter of mare Crisium) and then reduced in size. The flare fickered at a rate of 1/10s. apparently the edge of this TLP looked rough, almost like emittyed debris. The TLP was fixed in position on the Moon. TLP confirmed by observer's father. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=295 and the weight=3. the ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 2002 Feb 26th at 18:41:25 UT Michael Hather saw, on the limits of vision, a brief magnitude 7 white flash about 300 km north west of Aristarchus, in Earthshine. He was using a 120 mm refractor. No other observers were observing at this time.
Observer: Fallows Observing site: Cape Town, South Africa. Cameron 1978 catalog describes the event as: Bright 8th magnitude star-like point. A more detailed account is as follows: Early in the year 1821 -- and a light shone out on the moon -- a bright point of light in the lunar crater Aristarchus, which was in the dark at the time. It was seen, upon the 4th and the 7th of February, by Capt. Kater (An. Reg., 1821- 689); and upon the 5th by Dr. Olbers (Mems. R.A.S., 1-159).(25) It was a light like a star, and was seen again, May 4th and 6th, by the Rev. M. Ward and by Francis Bailey (Mems. R.A.S., 1-159).(26) At Cape Town, nights of Nov. 28th and 29th, 1821, again a star-like light was seen upon the moon (Phil. Trans., 112-237).(27).Cameron 1978 catalog ID=91 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
In 1797 Mar 02 at UT 19:00? Caroche (France?) observed "a volcano on the Moon near Promontorium Heraclides". The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=76 and the weight=2. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1968 Dec 24 at UT 03:00-06:00 Kohlenberger (Fullerton, CA, USA), C. Harris (CA?, USA), and Bunton (Hawaii) observed in Aristarchus: "Brightening at times, very active. Arist. a star-like; both brightening simultaneously, pulsing from 0300-0306 & starlike at N. side at 0323 (Kohlenberger). Harris saw Aris. brightening at times. (Confirm. ?), Bunton saw nothing unusual (0300-0600) (alerted for tidal predict. by Middlehurst? apollo 8 watches)". The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1109 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1978 Dec 25 at UT 02:00 Taboada (Mexico) noticed that Aristarchus appeared to brighten in the dark though less intensely than Copernicus and Kepler (Cameron comments: älso brightening?). Alerted for tidal predictions by Middlehurst - Apollo 8 watch. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1111 and weight=1. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1979 Jun 30 at UT0246-0319 D. & D. Darling (Sun Praire, WL, USA, 12.5" reflector, 80x and 150x, S=5/10). A weak blue glow seen in the Aristarchus region. It was fainter than that in May 1979 but was relatively easier to see. There was one "streamer" going south and another to the south west, and then smaller ones within the crater. These streamers started to fade from view at 03:04UT and the blow glow changed to a blow spot and Aristarchus became normal by 03:19 UT. Cameron 2006 catalog ID=56 and weight=1. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Observer: Fallows Observing site: Cape Town, South Africa. Cameron 1978 catalog describes the event as: Bright star-like point. A more detailed account is as follows: Early in the year 1821 -- and a light shone out on the moon -- a bright point of light in the lunar crater Aristarchus, which was in the dark at the time. It was seen, upon the 4th and the 7th of February, by Capt. Kater (An. Reg., 1821- 689); and upon the 5th by Dr. Olbers (Mems. R.A.S., 1-159).(25) It was a light like a star, and was seen again, May 4th and 6th, by the Rev. M. Ward and by Francis Bailey (Mems. R.A.S., 1-159).(26) At Cape Town, nights of Nov. 28th and 29th, 1821, again a star-like light was seen upon the moon (Phil. Trans., 112-237).(27).Cameron 1978 catalog ID=92 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1969 Nov 11/12 at UT23:30-01:00 Mitchell, Celis and Marti (Paso Hondo, Chile, 10" refractor, x96, 4" refractor, x80, 3" refractor, x60, seeing = excellent) observed Aristarchus with a blue centre and irregular form, alternating with normal aspects. Some opacity (independent confirmation?) - Apollo 12 watch. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1208 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Theophilus 1966 Jan 28 UTC 01:24-03:45 Observed by Cross & Ariola (Whittier, CA, USA, 19" reflector, x300, S=6-4, T=4, "3 red patches appearing and dissappearing at different times. Obscurred at sunrise on it. Later, red patch appeared on the floor." NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID #920. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Ross D 1967 Dec 8 UT 02:30-02:40 Observer: Harris (Tucson?, AZ?), colourless bright area SW of Ross D with repeated condensations that appeared then dissipated in thirty seconds to a minute. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Proclus 2003 February 8,2003 UTC 02:09-03:07 Observed by Gray (Winnemucca, NV, USA, 152mm F9 refractor Seeing 6-7, Transparency 6 305x) "Blinked Proclus with Wratten Red 25 and Blue 38A filters. Features seen through the red filter were basically seen with the same degree of clarity as in white light, in the case of sunlit walls, maybe a little bit better in the red. With the Blue 38A filter only the brightest part of the crater walls (north end) was visible-the rest of Proclus was dark shadow. At 3:07UT I compared the brightest parts of Proclus with Censorinus and Dionysius. The brightest parts of Proclus and Dionysius were comparable. Censorinus was much less bright than either of the above craters-the halo and crater were much faded over its usual brilliant appearance. Both Censorinus and Censorinus A were visible as distinct craters at 114x. The black shadow covering the east 40% of Proclus last night had broken up into three patches separated from each other by lighter bands. These were confined to the east crater wall. Only the central patch was black, the other two were considerably lighter. Running along the southwest edge of the crater floor of the crater floor appeared to be a hill to the north of which was a less elevated plateau. As the observing period progressed part of the brilliantly illuminated north crater wall developed a darker area which gradually became more prominent. As the sun is getting higher I would expect shadows and dark areas to diminish-what was happening here is unknown. However, this is not an unusual event for this part of Proclus". The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
2018 Jun 19 UT 04:00 G. Cross, using a 60" f/16 Cass, Strehl > 0.9, under descent seeing conditions, found that the ghost crater was not visible - was this an obscuration or just normal apeparance? ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1891 Nov 30 at UT23:00 Observer: Fallows Observing site: Cape Town, South Africa. Cameron 1978 catalog describes the event as: Bright star- like point. Cameron 1978 catalog ID=93 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Theophilus 1964 May 18 UT 01:05-01:15 Observed by Dieke (Baltimore, MD, USA, 6" refractor, x125) "Crescent of crsimson color on SW between rim & flor. Was not present at 0500, nor did it reappear from 0115 to 0245h" NASA catalog weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=3. NASA catalog ID #812.
White spot near Censorinus 1966 Dec 18 UT 23:40-23:46 Observed by Enie (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 8" reflector x100, S=G) "Attention drawn to pink color in this usually white patch. Brightened to a light reddish tinge for 2 mins, then faded back to pink, then to white, Sketch." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1002.
Near Ross D (23E, 12N) 1964 May 18 UT 03:54-04:53 Observed by Harris, Cross et al. (Whittler, CA, USA, 19" relector x720, 8" reflector x322, S=G) "White gas obscuration. Moved 20mph, decreased in extent. Phenom. repeated. Drawing." NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID 811. ALPO/BAA weight=4.
In 1878 Oct 03 at UT 20:00 an Unknown observer noted that Hyginus Nova had the most conspicuous of all appearances, and there was no trace of it on 1878 Oct 04. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=201 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Alphonsus 1965 Apr 08 UTC 20:00? Observed by Hoffman (Germany?) "Saw variable shining bright lights". NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #873.
Aristarchus 1965 Apr 08 UTC 20:00? Observed by Hoffman (Germany?) "Saw variable shining bright lights". NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #873.
Censorinus 1965 Apr 08 UTC 20:00? Observed by Hopmann (Czecholovakia?) "Green flash or brightening (date correct ? written 8-4-65. First taken as American convention, thus as Aug. 4, but now think it was in European convention of day first then month)." NASA catalog weight=2 (low). NASA catalog ID #873a.
Hyginius N 1965 Apr 08 UTC 20:00? Observed by Hoffman (Germany?) "Saw variable shining bright lights". NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #873.
Linne 1965 Apr 08 UTC 20:00? Observed by Hoffman (Germany?) "Saw variable shining bright lights". NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #873.
Proclus 1965 Apr 08 UTC 20:00? Observed by Hoffman (Germany?) "Saw variable shining bright lights". NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #873.
On 1987 Nov 28 at UT 04:16-04:45 D. Louderback (South Bend, WI, USA, 3"reflector, x150, S=E) observed that the Promontorium Agarum plateau was rather dull and grayish - usually it was "tannish" "even > sunlit areas, & twin craters at his point A which are always > spots on plateau. At 0420 whole plateau sank into complete darkness, hard to distinguish from mare plain. albedo dropped to 5 from 6.8 reading. Nearby plain was normal 5 so phenomena had not spread to it. At 0424 Cape started to reappear to albedo 6 until 0445, when it returned to normal, but not sharply defined - like through haze. Detail better in red than in blue filter, sketches. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=315 and the weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Einmart 1913 Jan 15 UTC 00:12 Observed by Pickering (Cambridge, Massachusets, 11" refractor, x330) "Spreading apron of white material like a sea of cloud. Not seen again after this date. Crater had been brightest area on moon between it & limb -- albedo 9. on Aug 5 albedo = 6. His atlas shows it bright. It grew dull after this date. He gave col. as 117? but FQ was at 1/15/?? at 10h" - note the quality of the NASA microfische is very bad and probably some of this text has been incorrectly read?. NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID # 342.
Mare Crisium 1989 Jan 14 UTC 19:15 Observed by Hedley-Robinson (Devon, UK, 5" Coude, Antoniadi II seeing, x150) "Floor blinks indicating colour - used a Moon blink device". 2 areas of the floor were affected, The first one was on the far west of Mare Crisium, next to Proclus crater. The second area was in the NNW, but outside the edge of the mare. Other features elsewhere checked but gave no colour reaction. Peters (UK) though did detect colour elsewhere, but his seeing was III- IV. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=344 and the weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
1987 Feb 06 UTC 02:35 Observed by Darling (Sun Praire, Wisconsin, USA, 12.5" Newtonian x342) "I was using a 12.5 f5 Newtonian reflector with a 9mm eyepiece and 2x Barlow with no filters. I had been observing other features on the Moon when I had panned to the area where the sunrise was taking place on Mount Piton. The mountain peak looked like a shimmering block of ice with a phosphorescence luminescence cloud around the peak. What was really interesting was the shaft of light streaming across the Lunar Maria that appeared like a cone and it came to a point near Mount Piton. The Mountain had the appearance of mother of pearl and the luster or glow that surround the peak only lasted about 20 minutes." The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=296 and gthe weight=4. the ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Lubbock 1973 Nov 02 UT 22:10-23:59 Observed by R.Hill (Greensboro, N. Carolina, USA) "Color in crater changed fro. gray to brownish -- strong enough change to be noted. Never saw anything like this 7 yrs. of observing". NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #1379. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1978 May 14 at UT21:30-22:52 P.W. Foley (Kent, UK, 12" reflector, seeing II and transparency excellent, no spurious colour) observed Aristarchus to be very bright in Earthshine and bluish. The CED brightness measuring device gave a very bright reading of 0.9, the brightest he had ever seen ir before was 0.3. Cameron 2006 catalog ID= 29 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1992 Oct 04 at UT 02:15-03:18 D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, 3" refractor, x80) found that Eimmart crater was brighter in blue light than in red light - however Cape Agarum, and Mare Crisium were too. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=454 and the weight=4. The AlPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1992 Oct 04 at UT 02:15-03:18 D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, 3" refractor, x80) found that Mare Crisium was brighter in blue light than in red light - however Cape Agarum, and Eimmart were too. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=454 and the weight=4. The AlPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1992 Oct 04 at UT 02:15-03:18 D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, 3" refractor, x80) found that Mons Piton was very bright and was equal to Proclus (brightness of 9) in white light and 7.5 in violet, and 9.3 in red (Proclus was 9.2 in red). Ïn blue both features = (9?). "points on Piton affected were B, D, and C (S, W & N resp.) D in violet was fuzzy - ill defined". The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=454 and the weight=4. The AlPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1992 Oct 04 at UT 02:15-03:18 D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, 3" refractor, x80) found that Promontorium Agarum was brighter in blue light than in red light - however Mare Crisium and Eimmart were too. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=454 and the weight=4. The AlPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1983 Mar 21 at UT 21:05-22:00 P. Horne and J. Horne (Hertz, England, UK, 11" reflector, x180 and x330) found that Mons Piton (totally illuminated and brightest feature on the Moon - but no variability) was brighter than Aristarchus (would have been if it had been in sunlight) and the mountain was contained within a circular illuminated patch. "Brilliant white and no shadow. Size ~16km." There was no details visible but the adjacent features had distinct shadows. Hutton was also observing. Foley examined the photographs and believes that they are inconclusive. D. Mansbridge was photographing the Moon at 19:30UT and detects Piton but it is not bright. However in a photograph taken by D. Mansbrdige and 20:30UT the mountain is much brighter than any other sunward facing slopses on the northern part of the Moon's terminator. R. Mosley had been observing earlier at 18:10-19:40 and although finding the mountain to be shining briliantly beyond the terminator, he also comments that this is normal. Cameron though has seen the photographs taken and thinks it might be a real TLP. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=208 and weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1988 Nov 16 at UT 18:20 M.C. Cook (Frimley, UK) observed that a ray north east of censorinus appeared to be very diffuse and this did not change during the observation. This was odd because proclus ray material remained clear. The apron material of Censorinus was diffuse E-W and the northern part was dull, but not fuzzy. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=340 and the weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1988 Nov 16 at UT 18:20 M.C. Cook (Frimley, UK) observed that Torricelli B changed in brightness (at times), but thinks that this was due to atmospheric transparency. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=340 and the weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Near Ross D (24E, 11N) 1964 Mar 21 UT 05:00-06:20 Observed by Harris, Crow, Cross (Whittier, CA, USA) - negative confirmation from Las Cruces. NASA catalog weight=0 (unreliable). NASA catalog ID #805. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
In 1878 Oct 04 at UT 20:00 an Unknown observer noted that Hyginus Nova could not be seen, whereas the night before the crater had the most conspicuous of all appearances. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=201 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Proclus 1972 Oct 15 UT 20:48 Observed by Hopp (13.25E, 52.5N, 75mm refractor) "Bright flash at the NW wall but poor seeing." T=3, S=5. Ref: Hilbrecht & Kuveler Moon & Planets (1984) Vol 30, pp53-61. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1995 Jul 06 at UT 03:22-03:57 R. Spellman (Los Angeles, USA found that the floor of Proclus appeared to darken slightly through a blue filter. The ALPO/BAA weight=2. Source of this observation came from Spellman's web site.
Williams of the UK, on 1882 Sep 20 at Moon's age 8.4 days, noticed a spot that had been seen on the 21st and 23rd of the same year with abnormal brightness. The spot was near Picard. Williams comments the spot was "nearly as large but a little fainter than Picard, This observation was reported in the Astronomical Register of the Royal Astronomical Society and is not included in the Cameron catalogs. It is one of many measurements of the brightness of this spot for different illumination angles and is one of three outlying brightness points spotted on a graph by Willaims. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1916 Sep 05 at UT 19:30 Markov (Russia) observed in Plato light on shadow of the bands at the bottom of the crater. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=364 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Sulpicius Gallus 1867 Jun 10 UT 22:00? Observed by Dawes (England?) "3 distinct roundish black spots. Absent on 13th" NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #184. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Sulpicius Gallus M 2022 Dec 31 UT 17:00-18:00 F Taccogna (UAI - Italy) imaged this area and recorded this crater as extremely and unusually bright (compared to other features). A. Amorin (Brazil) observing a few hours later commented that the crater was brighter than it was in the Hatfield Atlas plates. However analysis of past imagery of this area under similar illumination (albeit with the crater on the edge of the image or at lower resolution) also shows a similar brilliance. One more image confirming this will be enought to remove it from a ALPO/BAA weight of 1.
Eratosthenes 1976 Aug 04 UTC 02:07 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, S=6, T=3, 4.5" reflector 40-450x) "faint spot of light 4 deg bright seen in shadow on pos. of c.p. which is normally invis. At base of inner NW wall a faint bluish radiance (gas?) was observed". NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1439.
On 1969 Nov 18 at UT 00:30-02:30 W. Cameron (Greenbelt, MD, USA, 12" reflector, x80 and x320) using a low power eyepiece, observed that bright craters (but not all of them) "glittered like diamonds". These craters were several on the terminator, Proclus, Censorinus, Manillius, Menelaus and Dionysius. The glitter effect was on the west wall crest -- like stars. Higher power revealed these areas to be bright but not star-like (nor glittering). The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1212 and the weight=1. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1789 Jul 30 UTC 21:00? Observed by Schroter (Lilienthal, Germany) NASA Catalog Event #61, NASA Weight=2 (slightly low) Event described as: "Soon after sunrise saw a kind of fermentation on the floor which clearly resembled a kind of twilight, (due to some kind of aberration unknown to the observer?)" For further details see reference: Middlehurst, B.M., Burley, J.M., Moore, P.A. and Welther, B.L., 1968, NASA TR R-277.
Eratosthenes 1952 Nov 25 UT 16:30 A.P. Lenham (Swindon, UK, 3- inch refractor x150, Definition Good) noted that there was faint/slightly bright detail inside the interior shadow - observer comments "presumably peaks of central mountains & W. Wall ridge, but very faint" - however this is worth checking out. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Alphonsus 1952 Nov 25 UT 17:15 A.P. Lenham (Swindon, UK, 3- inch refractor) noted that the usual dark spots were not visible. This may not be a TLP but has been given a TLP category as it is a curious appearance and needs to be verified on a repeat repeat illumination apeparance. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 2009 Nov 25 UT18:42-21:03 P.Abel, T.Little and C.North (Selsey, UK, 15" reflector, seeing II-III, transparency very good), all saw visually a brownish tinge on the north west rim of Eratosthenes crater. P.Abel made a sketch and T.Little took some high resolution CCD images, some of which were through coloured filters. Checks were made for spurious colour, but none was seen elsewhere on the Moon. The eyepiece was changed but this made no difference. M.C.Cook (Mundesley) was observing with a smaller scope at the same time, but saw no colour, however observing conditions were worse. W.Leatherbarrow (Sheffield, UK) was observing with a instrumenet mid way in size, and saw a brownish tinge in the NW rim area, but saw a similar colour elsewhere and put this down to spurious colour. Normally multiple observers seeing the same thing would result in a weight of 4, however as this was only observers at Selsey and some of the evidence contradicts, I am allocating an ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Pallas-Schroter 1953 Nov 13 UTC 02:00 Observed by L.Stuart (USA) "Saw and photographed a bright spot on term. between these two craters. Used Kodak 103aF3." NASA catalog weight=5 and catalog ID #559. ALPO/BAA weight=5.
On 2012 Aug 25 UT1944-1952 Eratosthenes crater was imaged by C. Galdies (Malta,Nexstar 8SE, Philips SPC 900NC camera). 4 Registaxed images were produced covering 19:45, 19:48, 19:49, and 19:51. All but the first image, once first order spurious colour had been removed, showed orange on the shaded terraces on the western illuminated rim (similar to what Paul Abel and others saw in 2009, albeit just confined to the NW rim), and the interior floor shadow was slightly smaller in red light. However orange colour was also seen on the eastern side of mountains to the south of the crater, which infers that the spurios colour removal did not fully acomplish its main goal. The effects were not caused by the registax software as the orange colour is visible on individual images. Although probably the colour is not lunar in orgin, its explanation is not fully explaianed, therfore an ALPO/BAA weight of 1 is used for now.
Copernicus 1969 Nov 18 UT 21:10-21:11 Observed by Hedervari (Budapest, Hungary, 3.5" refractor) "Yellowish-red stripe on inner W. wall (chrom. aberr.? Apollo 12 watch)." NASA catalog weight=2. NASA catalog ID No. 1217. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Proclus 1969 Nov 18 UT 20:00? Observed by Classen (Pulnitz, Czechoslovakia, 8" refractor) "Brightened, exceeded normal. Brightness is monitored relative to Censorinus. (started July, 1969) Obs. thinks all bright craters are variable. (Apollo 12 watch)." NASA catalog weight=2. NASA catalog ID #1216. ASLPO/BAA weight=1.
Mons la Hire 1972 Nov 15 UT 09:45-10:18 M.Geisel (Brisbane, Australia, 12.5" f/8 reflector, x90) discovered the TLP, P. Anderson (9.5" reflector) independently confirmed that the TLP had an effect in his Moon Blink device - but the effect (suspected that the blink was caused by the extreme nrightness of the mountain?) was weak and thought it not worth further investigation. Photographs taken by Anderson. Geisel believes the effect to be real and states that the area remained sharp and clear throughout. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Goldschmidt 1969 Nov 18 UT 21:59 Observed by Brandi (Wald, Switzerland, 6" reflector x90) "Brightening -- photo. (the author, WSC, cannot verify LTP on film. Its brightness similar to other features at same term. dist. Shadow is anomolous if real -- very narrow streak beside it & beyond main shadow (Apollo 12 watch)." NASA catalog weight=5 (very high). NASA catalog ID #1218.
On 1995 Jul 07 at UT 04:22 R. Spellman (Los Angeles, CA, USA) noted that the floor of Copernicus was slightly darker in blue light. The ALPO/BAA weight=1. This report came from R. Spellman's web site.
On 1995 Jul 07 at UT 04:22 R. Spellman (Los Angeles, CA, USA) noted that the inside of Bodin darkened in blue light and also the floor was darker in white light than it was the previous day. The ALPO/BAA weight=1. This report came from R. Spellman's web site.
On 1995 Jul 07 at 04:22UT R. Spellman (Los Angeles, CA, USA) noted that the floor of Proclus looked slightly darker in blue light. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1878 Oct 05 UT 21:40 Observed by Klein (Cologne, Germany, 6?" refractor) "Fog in W. part of crater. Faint shimmer like thin white cloud" NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #203. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1960 Aug? 01 at UT 22:00? an unknown observer detected that Vitello was illuminated -it should have been in shadow? Cameron says that if several days before sunrise then the date could have been July through to December, with August 1st most likely, and ancilary data is therefore given for this date. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=729 and weight=1. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
2007 Oct 20 UT 17:31 A.Pink (Basinkstoke, UK) images a flash on the dark size of the Moon near to Vitello. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1982 Mar 04 at UT 20:00 M.C. Cook (Frimley, UK) found Censorinus (4.6) to be brighter than Proclus (4.0) in white light. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=164 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1982 Mar 04 at UT 20:00 M.C. Cook (Frimley, UK) found Proclus (4.0) to be fainter than Censorinus (4.6) in white light. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=164 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1989 Jan 16 at UT 20:00 G. North (Herstmonceux, UK, 30" reflector) observed Toricelli B to change in brightness and found colour in it. A 10 minute exposure spectrum was taken (Cameron does not have information on whether anything unusual was recoeded) before clouds obscured the Moon. Normally a 30 minute exposure would be needed. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=345 and the weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Plato 1970 Dec 07/08 UT 23:30-00:45 UT Observed by Fitton (Oldham, England, 8.5" refkector, x200, S=G) "Floor blank, yet some craters should be vis. Outer wall craters showed clearly. (similar to Bartlett's obs on Nov. 8th, #1278" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1279.
Aristillus 1939 Jul 26 UT 02:30 Observed by Haas? (NM?, USA, 12?" reflector) "Dark area to W. part of floor was I=3.7. (see #450, 459 & 461). Used diff. telescopes but can not explain difference)" NASA catalog weight=4 (good). NASA catalog ID #454.
On 1936 Oct 25 at 01:35 UT W. Haas (Alliance, OH, USA, 12" reflector) saw small bright spots on the floor of Eratosthenes, (Pickering's atlas 9A, col. 30deg, shows no spots - according to Cameron). Cameron 1978 catalog TLP=417 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Copernicus 1966 Mar 01-02 UT 22:06-09:45 Observed by Lovell (Auburn, OH, 4" refractor, x120m S=E, T=3.5) "As sun rose higher, west (ast.?) outer wall was bathed in a soft viol. color -- not in evidence on flat ground below the wall" NASA catalog weight=3, NASA catalog ID #922.
Plato 2005 Dec 10 UT 20:46 Observed by Brook (Plymouth, UK, 4" refractor. Conditions excellent with the Moon at a high altitude) "2 second duration white flash seen on the floor of the crater" - BAA Lunar Section Report.
Alphonsus 1969 Nov 19 UT 03:30 Observed by Argus/Astronet (CA?, USA) Brightening in W. rim & S. central floor, seen by 2 obs. (Apollo 12 watch)" NASA catalog weight 3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1219.
Plato 1870 May 10 UTC 22:00 Observed by Birt (England) "Extraordinary display of lights. Says not effect of sunlight" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #167.
Observed by G.H. Johnstone of Albuquerque, NM, USA on 1954 Nov 05 UT 20:00 (according to Cameron), but 02:00-04:00 according to the original observation and at colongitudes 34.7 to 35.7 deg. 4" reflector, x150 used. The obsewrver reported that the western part (about 1/3rd of the interior) was pitch black with shadow. However there was a zone about as wide, or perhaps only a fourth of the total width that was distinctly a lighter bluish shade, almost like twilight. The shadows of the peaks on the western edge of the rim were clearly seen crossing this bluish shadowed area. Then this area ended sharply, and the farside was bathed in light from the rising sun. The shadows of the peak were sharply defined across the twilight zone, and the edge of the pitch black shadow was easily defined but not as sharp as the darker shadows crossing the the blue twilight zone. The observer checked other craters but did not see this condition in any of them - they all had the abrupt division between black and white that we would normally expect to see. Cameron 1978 catalog ID=579 and weight=2. Reference 1962 edition of ALPO's Journal: The Stolling Astronomer. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Censorinus 1969 Nov 19 UT 1922 Observed by Brandli (Wald, Switzerland, 6" reflector, x90) "Brightening -- photo, (the author, WBC, cannot verify from photo. It is brighter, but so are Proc. & Dionys. -- it being between. i.e. Proc. > Censor. > Dionys. Apollo 12 watch)." NASA catalog weight=5 (very high). NASA catalog ID #1220. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Piton 1969 Nov 19 UT 21:15-22:00 Observed by Baum (England, 4.5" refractor) "Traces of cloudiness on E. slope at 2115h. Increased at 2150h in extent & brightness. Spread onto plain. Summit & shadow in W. part sharp & clear. (Apollo 12 watch)." NASA catalog weight=2. NASA catalog ID #1221. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
P. Moore at 21:10 found the southern wall (and ontothe southern floor) of the crater to be indistinct. Elsewhere in the crater everything was sharp. The effect was still seen at 21:42UT, but less strong. A check was made for colour with aq Moonblink device, but none was seen. There was still a trace of this effect at 21:44UT, although detail was now becoming visible. By 21:48UT vertical streaks were seen crossing the floor from the obscuration area and these were more visible in the red filter and not in the blue. Cameron comments that undefined patches on the floor of Plato are not normal. By 21:55UT some craterlets on the floor started to become visible and the TLP for Moore ended by UT22:23. P.Foley was alerted by Moore and saw a "amssive dense obsecuration on the south wall, south floor and south outer glacis to the Mare". Foley noted that by 21:50UT the effect was fading and finished by 22:03UT. Foley reported an orange translucent haze covering half of the floor, but floor craterlets could be seen on and off - however his atmospheric seeing conditions were IV. At 22:00 UT Foley reported the floor close to the north wall to be "milky or misty". No detail was visible at 21:15UT and variability in the floor continued until 23:10UT. Hedly-Robinson was aleted at 21:35UT and found no difference between red and blue views of the area, however he did find that the south rim was indistinct although this effect had lessened by 22:00 UT and was normal by 22:17UT. M. Mobberly saw a white spot on the floor at 21:20 UT, whereas he normally would have expected to see craterlets. Mobberly was alerted at 21:40 UT and took some colour photos. He also made sketches that showed variability in the floor and dark lines and patches in the north west corner. However the altitude of the Moon was low. Cameron mentions that two of the photos show loss of detail at the south wall and beyond.and also a change in the floor markings.The north wall at 21:50UT was strangely reddish (didn't think this was spurious colour). The rest of the wall was sharp at 22:20UT through a yellow filter. Large bright patch in the centre and rest of the floor was apparently of the same shading as Mare Imbrium. The above notes are based upon the Cameron 2006 catalog extension TLP ID 145 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
C. Brook of Plymouth UK, using a 4" refractor x216, noticed at UT 20:10 dark patches coming and going (in terms of visibility) on the floor of Plato. Occasional views of the central cratelet (seen as a white spot) were glimpsed. The dark patches seen lasted about 1-2 seconds before fading out during each visibility cycle. Teneriff Mountains were checked but no sign of seeing effects that might explain the dark floor patches. By 20:26UT the dark patch effect was fading and by 20:31UT floor detail was visible. Observations ceased at UT 20:34. Seeing conditions were II and the Moon was at a high altitude. Other observers were alerted but came on-line after the effect had finished. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
At approximately 18:43UT observer noticed that Censorinus, and its bright apron, appeared particularly brighter than normal. There was some spurious colour present - but just a redness along the southernmost extent of the apron visible; could not detect any blue along the northern edge however, he did do not suspect the colour to be anomalous. A re-examination at 18:51UT revealed that the crater had faded and was seen to fade visibly in real time to normal levels (over about a minute) by 18:53UT. Other features remained constant and so too did the apparent spurious colour.
Ramsden 1999 May 25 UT 20:57-21:22 Observed by Brook (Plymouth, UK, 4" refractor, x216, seeing II-III) "Bright spot on W wall - brightness variation seen. - At the start it was bright, then it faded, and towards the end of the observation it was starting to brighten again". BAA Lunar Section observation. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
U.K. observers: G. North and P. Foley, both saw a wisp of blue associated with this crater. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=209 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Daniell 1979 Jun 05 UT 20:15-21:10 Observed by Price (Camberley, England, 152mm reflector x64 and x128, seeing III, transparency good) "Obscuration seen" BAA Lunar Section report.
Daniell 1979 Jun 05 UT 20:15-23:00 Observed by Price (Camberley, England, 152mm reflector x64 and x128, seeing III, transparency good) observed that Posidonius lacked sharpness.
Bullialdus 1979 Jun 05 UT 22:00-23:00 Observed by Cook M.C. and J.D. (Frimley, UK, 12-inch reflector, Seeing III-IV, good transparency). MC Cook observed internittently over this time period (due to cloud) and found the crater sharper in a blue filter than in a red filter. No obscuration seen apart from a darkish patch on the SW rim and spreading over onto an area surrounding the rim, which she took to be shadow, though the main shadow was along the east rim of the crater. JD. Cook observed an orange colouration seen on eastern and the cleft on the SW rim. Dark area seen on southern floor of crater, south of central peak. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1981 Apr 15 at UT06:27-06:40 D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA using a 3" refractor x134 and S=4.5-5 and T=5-0) saw a bright spot on the western wall of Eimmart (sketch supplied) have an unusual brightening and shade. Variations occurred over 2-3 minute intervals. Louderback commented that the spot looked like a flare with its apex located at the crater wall and there was some blurring effect on the spot - it decreased in size during the phenomenon. Seeing worsened later. Apparently on the 18th and 19th of April everything was back to normal. Cameron comments that there is no bright spot on the Moon at this location. Lunar Orbiter IV plates 192-3.2 shows evening conditions. Cameron 2006 Catalog Extension TLP ID=130 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weright=3.
Alphonsus 1969 Nov 20 05:27 (UT)? Observed by Argus/Astronet (San Diego, Sacramento, CA, USA) "Brightening in crater. (San Diego & Sacramento obs. confirmed, but astronauts did not see anything. Apollo 12 watch)." NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1222.
Gassendi 1971 Oct 29 UT 22:15-22:50 observed by J.Coates and A.R. Neville (Burnley, UK, 6" reflectir, x192, slight fog, seeing jumpy but good at times). An in ititial Moonblink search proved negative. However white light observations by Coates revealed a golden brown colour between the black interior shadow and the base of the (bright W (IAU?) wall). Neville confirmed its appearance as a coppery hue and saw the colour for 5 minutes before it vanished at 22:55UT. ALPO/BAA weight=2
Gassendi 1967 Jan 21 UT 19:36-20:24 Observed initially by Moore & Moseley (Armagh, N.Ireland, 10" refractor, x360, S=G), Ringsdore (England, 10" reflector), Sartory (Farnham, England, 15" reflector?), Duckworth (England), Kilburn (Ashton, England, 6" reflector), Farrant (England, 8" reflector) "Eng. moon blink at 1936 (no events from 1750-1815h) outside SE wall, brighter at 1939h, seen vis. at 1940h, faint at 1946h. Moved NW at 1950h. At 2000h, Moseley saw it farther W., lost it at 2008h. Seen again at 2026h further toward group of hills. Moore saw it faint at 2002h, lost it at 2005h, vis. & blink at 2007h. Checks again at 2010-50h, 2130-50, 2200-20, 2250-2300, 2325-0000h.Duckworth suspected blink in S.Iridium nr. Bianchini later, but clouds intervened, after clearing couldn't see it. Neg. obs. in 11 other features, inc. Alphonsus & Plato. Confirmed Gass blink 2018-2024h" NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID #1010. ALPO/BAA weight=4.
Plato 1870 May 11 UTC 22:00 Observed by Birt (England) "Extraordinary display of lights. Says not effect of sunlight" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #167.
SE of Ross D 1965 Mar 14 UT 07:40 Observed by Cross (Whittier, CA?, USA, 12" reflector). Crater wall partially obscured; bright area. NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #872. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1969 Nov 20 UT 19:45-20:05 Observed by Becker (Holland, 4" refractor) "Sharp whiteness on inner W. (ast. ?) side (Apollo 12 watch)" NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1224.
Gassendi 1969 Nov 20 UT 19:30-19:45 Observed by Becker (Holland, 4" refractor) "Curious small shadow from NW (ast. ?) wall. (Apollo 12 watch)" NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1224.
Aristarchus visible just past terminator. West wall was brighter than normal. Bright flash seen in/on NW wall - apparently in the same place as Pedler's May 17th sketch. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=146 and weight=4. Observed by M. Price of Camberley, Surrey, UK with a 6" reflector and a Moon Blink device. Seeing=III.
Censorinus 1981 Apr 15 UT 22:15-23:10 M. Cook (Frimley, UK), using a 12" reflector,found Censorinus to be glowing exceedingly bright and was brighter than Proclus. It dulled later, but was still brighter than Proclus. Censorinus was also slightly brighter in blue than in red light. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=130 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1981 Jun 13 UT 20:48-21:08 Observed by Price (Camberley, England, 152mm reflector, seeing III) Possible Moon blink (red) seen on north wall. Also the craterlets on the floor could be seen despite the observing conditions not being optimal. BAA Lunar Section observation. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=146 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Observer noted a bright spot on the interior west wall that seemed brighter than what they would have expected. unfortunately the precise time of this observation was not recorded so the moon-rise and midnight UT values are used to place a limit on the time of observation. Images by Shaw taken at UT 1754, 18:45 and 23:13 do not exhibit the effect.
On 1984 Jan 14 at UT 20:00 P. Moore (Selsey, UK) observed that Aristarchus was brighter than it normally is at sunrise. No quantitative measurements were made though. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=238 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Aristarchus-Herodotus 1968 Dec 31 UT 03:30-03:45 Observed by Taboada (Mexico) "Terminator between the two was diminishing in brightness over edge of Herod. at 0345, 2 darker spots seen over same place. (alerted by Middlehurst for tidal predict.?)" NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1112.
On 1968 Dec 31 at UT 03:30-03:45 Taboada (Mexico) observed the terminator between Aristarchus and Herodotus was diminishing in brightness at 03:45UT over the edge of Herodotus. Two darker spots were seen over same place. Alerted by Middlehurst for tidal predict? The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=1112 and weight=1. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Torricelli B 2005 Jan 21 UT 21:21-21:43 Observed by North (Norfolk, UK, 20cm reflector, x64, x128, Seeing IV, Transparency, moderate) "Torricelli B appeared rather dull with a prominent dark halo of a strongly bluish tint. The halo extends a few sec of arc beyond the crater. At 21:21-21:43 crater was varying in brightness but this may have been due to the seeing? By 21:42 the dark halo was gone. By 21:44- 21:49 UT the crater was brighter and more normal in brightness than before. By 22:17 UT all was normal. The variations in brightness were also seen by Cook (Mundesley, UK). Observations by Carbognani (Itlay) 21:20-23:10 failed to find any variations in brightness. Nor did Amato (CT, USA) from 23:00-23:15 UT."
On 1978 May 18 at UT20:45-21:53 J.D. Cook (Frimley, UK, 12" reflector, x240) observed Promitorium Laplace to have visually a brown colour - though no Moon Blink (red and blue filters) effect was detected. Cameron comments that this is probably a subjective effect - also others have reported something similar at times. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=30 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1998 Jul 05 P. Moore (Selsey, UK, 15" reflector, x200- x400, seeing II/III) comments that he is puzzled why the floor of Plato, which is light gray in shade, looks completely blank tonight. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Barker's Quadrangle (Capuanus) 26W, 34S 1949 Feb 9 UT 20:00? Observed by Moore (England, 12" reflector) :Quadrangle not seen, apparently misty. (quad. in Capuanus? see Wilkins & Moore, The Moon, p124)" NASA catalog ID=514, weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3..
M. Cook of Frimley, UK, noticed Torricelli B to have a blue tinge inside and outside. No colour had been noticed earlier on 19-21 Mar. Cameron reports also in her catalog that the halo around Torricelli B had lost its brilliance as seen on 29th Mar. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=210 and weight=5 - apparently being confirmed by Marshall, Mobberley and Foley. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
M. Cook of Frimley, UK observed a brightening of the crater during this observing session. The cameron 2006 extended catalog ID=346 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Torricelli B 2005 Jan 22 UT 01:00 Observed by Serio (Houston, TX, USA, 6" Cassegrain, x150 and x180, Seeing 3, high deck of Cirrus clouds) "Torricelli B hard to make out in the videos taken, but images taken through cloud. A check on the image received by the coordinator shows that Torricelli B is in fact visible, but perhaps not very bright. A later observational sequence of images by Raul Salvo (Montevideo, Uraguay UT 03:15-03:23) showed similarly that Torricelli B was dark, and there was some brightness variability although the background setting on these was low" An ALPO report.
At 03:30UT observer noticed a hint of yellow colour on the floor of the crater and by 03:57UT the south east and central parts of the floor and the circular feature on the south west floor had turned a deep yellow colour. The rest of the crater remained colourless. Other craters also remained colourless. By 04:05UT the colour was fading and by 04:15UT it was gone. Maurice Collins in New Zealand took some low resolution colour images about 4 hours later but these failed to show any yellow colour. Zac Pujic obtained colour images at a different time of natural surface colour on the Moon and finds that Bullialdus does actually have a natural yellow cast to most of the floor. However this does not explain the variability in colour strength seen by Robin Gray. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
G. Ward (a lunar observer for 15 years) observed an area just south west of Mersenius C to be blurred and in a greenish cloud. The green colour was more like that of dead grass than one gets from a neon bulb. The effect was seen from 04:50-04:57UT, but could have been going on before it was first noted at 04:50-UT. Seeing was 6-7/10 4" Refractor (2 element). refractor had been used hundreds of hours before (over a 10 year period) with no similar colour was seen. The observer checked other areas but did not see any similar effects. They also rotated and changed eyepieces, but this made no difference to the TLP. The TLP site seen was picked up on an image taken earlier at 04:47UT by W. Bailley, from Sewell, NJ, USA. Unfortunately the area concerned, a mountain on the image, was saturated and so we cannot tell if a colour was present there and the seeing was poor.
Observed by Firsoff (Somerset, England, 6.5" reflector? x240) "Red glow." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #573.
On 1987 Jan 11 at UT 18:15-23:00 P. Grego (Birmingham, UK, 6" reflector, seeing=III) sketched Aristarchus crater and saw two luminous circular patches on the exterior west wall - these were less bright than the inner wall but brighter than the outer wall. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=292 and weight=5.
On 1987 Jan 11 at UT P. Moore (Sussex, UK) found the the floor of Plato was much more drk than the adjacent Mare Imbrium. Furthemore there was a blurring of detail over the northeast wall and onto the nearby floor. detail elsewhere in the crater was OK. By 23:00UT there was less lack of detail effects. M. Cook (Frimley, UK) at 21:55UT noted the obscured area but decided that it was narrower than the same effect one month ago and suspected that she may have been observing towards the end of this TLP. The effect gradually dimmed between 21:55 and 22:45UT. Other craters were normal. G. North was affected by poor seeing conditions. Davies detected a slight obscurtion on the north east corner - it was a misty gray feature at x200. The Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID was 292 and the weight was 5. Tha ALPO/BAA weight was 4.
Cobra Head 1949 Feb 10 UT 00:00? Observed by Thorton (Northwich, England, 18" reflector) "I was examining the Cobra Head of the Schroter Valley, when I noticed what seemed to be a diffuseed patch of thin smoke or vapour, apparently originating from the valley on the E. Side where the landslip is, and spread over the edge on to the plain for a short distance. Every detail of the edge of the valley was perfectly clear and distinct except where this patch occurred, but there the definition was poor and very blurred" NASA catalog weight=4 and catalog ID #515. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1889 May 11 at 22:00? UT an unknown observer saw an ink black spot on the rampart of Gassendi. It had not been seen before ar at the next lunation or indeed ever again. Cameron 1978 catalog ID=261 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Bullialdus 1974 Sep 27 UT 22:45-23:40 Observed by Findlay, Ford (Dundee, Scotland, 10" refractor, 150x, 180x, filters) "Saw yellowish- orange color in crater. After clouds passed at 2300h color still there & gave a slight blink which no other craters did. Not seen in red filter, dark in blue. Ford saw it along ridge fr. c.p. to SW wall. Alert did not bring confirm. as clouds intervened for all others." NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #1394. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Torricelli B 2005 Jan 22 UT 03:15-03:23 Observed by Raul Salvo (Montevideo, Uraguay UT 03:15-03:23) showed that Torricelli B was dark, and there was some brightness variability although the background setting on these images was low and seeing could account for the brightness variation? An ALPO report.
On 1990 Oct 1st at 00:44-01:24UT D Darling (Sun Praire, WI, USA) observed that Gassendi still had a blink effect when viewed through blue (Wratten 38A) and red (Wratten 25A) filters. No effect was seen on Aristarchus. Gassendi was brighter in the red filter and this was confirmed by Weier. Sketches were made and brightness measurements taken. Both observers used a 12.5" reflector x159. At 01:00UT the NW wall was 7.5, the SW wall 8.0, the S. wall 7.5, the floor 6.0, the outer E. wall 8.0, the N. floor 5.5. Gassendi A W. wall was 9.5,l Aristarchus W. floor was 8.0, NW wall 8.0, shadowed floor 0.0, E. outer wall 7.0, NBP 5.5, area between Aristarchus and Herodotus 6.0, and the comet like tail: 8.2 on the E. and 8.5 on the W. The Cameron 2006 catalog extension TLP ID=412 and weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=4.
Hobdell, of St Petersburg, FL, USA, using a 2"? refractor? and Seeing=I-II, saw a bright region on the north west wall that seemed to change in brightness. In truth, there were other features elsewhere on the Moon that also fluctuated, but not as much as Aristarchus was. No colour was noticed. Cameron suspects fluctuations in our own atmosphere. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID 131 and weight=1. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Schroter's Valley 1955 Aug 29 UT 19:45 Observed by Firsoff (Somerset, England, 6.5" reflector x200, S=P-F) "Valley almost completely invisible in blue" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #605.
Aristarchus 1976 Sep 05/06 UT 18:45-01:35 Observed by Prout (England?, 12" reflector, S=III-II), Foley (England, 12" reflector), Moore and Spry (Sussex, England, 12" reflector) "Viol. hue on crater on W. wall, especially NW corner seen by Prout & 2 Foleys. Moore & Spry did not see color. All obs. noted that the crater was dull
Proclus 1970 Oct 12 UT 00:54 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 4" reflector, 51x-181x) "Floor darkened to intensity 1.5 deg (albedo) & c.p. became invis. Next day c.p. reappared & was 5 deg bright & 6deg bright on 15th" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1277.
Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 5" reflector x180, S=1-5, T=5) Pseudo peak visible within floor shadow at 03:10h" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #671. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 2002 Feb 24 UT 05:15-05:35 W. Haas (Las Cruces, NM, USA) observed an obscuration in Herodotus - the shadown was, almost, but not completely black. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Schickard 1972 Sep 19 UT 19:45-20:25, 20:00-23:30 Observed by Watkins (Herts., Eng. 4.5" reflector, x225, S=G) Amery (Reading, Eng.m 12" reflector?), Fitton (Lancashire, Emg., 8.5" reflector) and Moore (Selsey, Eng., 12.5" reflector?, 4.5" refractor 45-225x, S=P) "Luminous, nebulous spot attracted Watkin's att'n. Got brighter. Checked 'scope--not instru. Obj. had greenish-gray color, size @ 15km. Amery & Fitton with blink devices noted nothing unusual at later times (2000-2330h). Aris., Plato, Gass. were neg. at 1930-2025h (date not given, guessed at fr. available info.). Turbulence, lasting secs. at a time." NASA catalog weight=2. NASA catalog ID # 1344. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Plato 1870 May 12 UTC 22:00 Observed by Birt (England) "Extraordinary display of lights. Says not effect of sunlight" However an article by Nigel Logshaw in the Feb 2014 LSC suggests that it was probably just normal fine scale spots and streaks on the floor of the crater. NASA catalog weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight= 1. NASA catalog ID #167.
Plato 1972 Oct 19 UT 20:10 Observed by Taylor, Phillips, Ford, Kennedy (Dundee, Scot. 10" refractor) "Taylor noted a slight blink on NW wall. Ford said it was neg. Phillips was not sure. Taylor returned to telescope & no blink. Kennedy reported neg." NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1347.
Foley, Kent, UK noted that the floor was slate blue-grey with no colour seen elsewhere. 12" reflector used, seeing=II. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID 131 and weight=1. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1986 Dec 13 UT 20:30 Observed by A. Cook (Frimley, UK, seeing III) North East quadrant of Plato the crater was blurred and ill-defined. Also no craterlets visible anywhere on the floor of Plato until the central craterlet was just glimpsed later at 23:00-23:45, though seeing now III-IV (cirrus at times in the sky). At this later time the NE rim was less blurred than before. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Cobra Head 1955 Sep 28 UTC 23:00 Observed by Bestwick (England? 6?" reflector x240) "Diffused brown patch of smoke or vapor, almost obscured -- appeared over plain for a short distance."NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #612.
Foley (Kent, UK) saw the west wall dull and stongly coloured. Moore (Sussex, UK) saw the wall as normal. However Cameron points out that Foley (Kent, UK) is a lot more Blue/UV sensitive than Moore. Mosely (Covington, UK) at 22:10 UT noticed a brightening on the East wall and at 01:10-01:25 UT suspected that the interior had a weak yellow-green cast to it. Cook (Frimley, UK) states that orange colour was within the interior crater, but green beyond the east rim at the 9 O'Clock and the south east corner to floor blue/mauvre beyond the northern rim NW/WSW. Foley sstates that orange and blue/mauvre might be spurious colour, but green one cannot get this way. Cameon suggests chromatic aberatons as a possibility but thinks that the observers concerned were experienced enough to recognize this if it were the cause. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=239 and weight=0. Moore used a 15?" refletor and Foley used a 12" refletor. Mosely experienced II seeing and good transparency. Cook had III seeing and also good transparency. P. Grego made an observation this night too. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Herodotus 1969 Jan 01 UT 03:15 Observed by Taboada (Mexico) "Brightness in edge of crater dimmed & a heavy darkness was noted thru course of cleft (Schroter's Valley?). (alerted for tidal predict.?)"NASA catalog weight=1. NASA catalog ID # 1113. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1981 Jun 14 UT 21:58 Observed by Foley (Kent, England, 11.75" Newtonian, Seeing III, Transparency Good) "Obscuration Seen" BAA Lunar Section Observation. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 2016 Jul 17 UT 03:49 P.Zeller (ALPO, Indianapolis, IN, USA) imaged a pseudo-peak with shadow on the floor of Herodotus, however the image scale and quality of this colour image were not great and the observer suspects that it might be an imaging artefact. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
P. Foley of Kent, UK, using a 12" reflector, seeing=III-II, noticed that initially that the crater was pretty dull and that the floor was a slate blue-gray in colour at 22:45UT. A noticeable green spot inside the crater on the south east appeared at 22:25UT and vanished at 00:50UT. Cameron notes that one doesn't get green with spurious colour. Crater Extinction brightness measurements were made at 22:00 UT (reading=2.8) and at 23:45UT (reading=3.7). The crater dropped in brightness from 3.7 to 2.8 at 23:50UT and remained lower until 3.0 at 23:50-03:15 UT. A graph was produced and showed Proclus and Censorinus at similar brightnesses, but Aristarchus variable. The Earthshine was 0.3. Cameron 2006 Extension catalog ID=31 and weight=5. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Johnson, of Des Moines, Iowa, USA, using a 7" reflector and an 8" refractor, saw a bight streak. The observer looked later, but it was no longer visible. Cameron thinks that it might have been a reflection from the wall. Cameron 1978 catalog ID=423 and weight=1. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
D. Darling of (Sun Praire, WI, USA, using a 12.5" reflector at x150, noticed a hint of red? colour on the south west rim of Aristarchus. Brightness measurements were normal for Aristarchus and Herodotus. No colour seen elsewhere e.g. Prom. LaPlace. The colour on Aristarchus had gone by 01:15UT. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=414 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
A fleeting faint reddish patch was seen in Gassendi at 21:15UT. This observation has an ALPO/BAA weight of 2.
Rays of(?) (in?) Herodotus 1955 Oct 28 UTC 18:30 Observed by Kozyrev (Crimea, Russia, 50" reflector, spectragraph) "Spectrum 3934A (K of Ca). 3964 (H of Ca) change in luminosity. 13% in H, 19% in K, 2% in H, 3% in K. in photo-line-depth method" NASA catalog weight=5 (very high). NASA catalog ID #622. ALPO/BAA weight=5.
1996 Jun 28 UT 21:04 F. Ferri and D. Zompatori (Anzio), using a 20cm f/6 reflector, reported that (translation) "Using a blue filter the area was invisible". This is a UAI observation from Italy. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Ross D 1965 Apr 14 UT 06:03-06:22 Observed by Harris (Whittier?, CA?, USA, 19"? reflector) "Phenomenon description unavailable. Given at an ALPO meeting" NASA catalog weight=0 (very unreliable). NASA catalog ID #874.
Babbage 1974 Sep 29 UT 00:00-01:00 Observed by Lord (St Annes- on-Sea, UK, 10" refractor, Wratten 25 and 44a filters, 125x, S=II-III). Activity observed in SW floor between A & W. wall. Details not obscured in either filter, but slightly more darker than surroundings in the blue filter. NASA catalog weight=2. NASA catalog ID #1395. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1990 Oct 02 at 02:25-02:45UT D. Darling (Sun Praire, WI, USA using a 12.5" reflector at x159, with red and blue filters), saw a blink effect on the west wall of Plato i.e. brighter through a blue filter than through the red. No Colour blinks seen on Gassendi or Aristarchus. Cameron 2006 Catalog TLP=413 and weight=4.
Schroter's Valley 1897 Oct 08 UT 22:00 Observed by Pickering (Cambridge, Maas., USA, 15"? refractor) "Variations in vapor col. Tillsow, C was largest compared with D&E& most conspicuous 1.3 d after sunrise. Drawing. (time est. fr. given colon.)" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #291.
On 1988 Jan 02 at 05:57-06:13 UT D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, using a 8" reflector, seeing 4 out of 10) observed that points B and D on Cape Agarum faded suddenly from 7.0 to 6.4 (B) and 6.0 (D). However these returned to their normal levels at 06:13 UT. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=316 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1977 May 30 at 21:04-02:13UT J.H.-Robinson noted a loss of detail inside Gassendi, however he did not regard this as a TLP. The effect was also seen by P.W. Foley. Cameron 2006 extension catalog TLP ID=16 and weight=0 ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1984 Feb 14 P. Moore (Selsey, UK) thought that there was something odd about Mons Pico in that it looked very bright and gave a good impression of a crater. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=241 and weight=5. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1984 Feb 14 P. Moore (Selsey, UK) observed that Plato was darker than the nearby mare and no detail could be seen on the floor or the eastern wall - the later was obscured. At 23:40UT some dimming was still present on the north east wall and still no detail on the floor of Plato. Cook noticed that the eastern floor close to the wall was misty and also noted no detail on the floor. Amery though noted that all parts of the floor were sharp although some darkening was visible in the north west and a hint of obscurtion. The east wall though was quite sharp. Mosely could see the central craterlet but from 8-6 o'clock tricky to define (Foley says that this effect has been seen at this colongitude before). Streak ray across the floor of Plato seen (North) - filter measurements made. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID= 241 and weight=5. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1988 Jan 02 at 06:41-07:08 UT D. Louderback (South Bend, WA, USA, using a 8" reflector, seeing 4 out of 10) observed that at 06:56 UT Aristarchus floor (point F) brightened rapidly from an intensity of 5.2 to 6, however at 07:08 UT the spot returned to normal. He also noticed that the bands on the walls varied every few minutes. A mist like appearance was seen on the floor of Aristarchus. Through a red filter he could see through the haze, but floor detail could not be seen through a blue filter. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=316 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1969 Nov 22 UT 18:20-21:13 Observed by D. Cutts (Chester, Eng., 8.5" reflector, x200), Moore (Sussex, Eng., 12" reflector x425), Miles (Coventry, Eng. 5" refractor), Delaye and Jourdran (Marseilles, Fr., 8" reflector) "Pulsating patch on W. wall between 2 radial bands. Faded by 2000h. Returned to normal. (Cutts). Miles saw strong pink in whole interior at 2112h. Strong blink. No blink there at 2210-2212h. Gass., Grim., & Plato were neg. Delaye & Joudan photog. it as very bright. Moore got neg. results at 2135. (confirm. of activity?, Apollo 12 watch)." NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID #1226. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Plato 1870 May 13 UT 22:00? Observed by Pratt (---), Elger (Liverpool, England), (Gledhill (Brighton, England) "Extraordinary display of lights. 27 seen by Pratt, 28 by Elger, only 4 by Gledhill. (independ. confirm. ?" NASA catalog weight=5 (very good) NASA catalog ID #168. A bit more of a detailed report is as follows: "Upon the 13th of May, 1870, there was an "extraordinary display," according to Birt: 27 lights were seen by Pratt, and 28 by Elger, but only 4 by Gledhill, in Brighton. Atmospheric conditions may have made this difference, or the lights may have run up and down a scale from 4 to 28. As to independence of sunlight, Pratt says (Rept. B.A., 1871-88), at to this display, that only the fixed, charted points so shone, and that other parts of the crater were not illuminated, as they would have been to an incidence common throughout.(30) In Pratt's opinion, and, I think, in the opinion of the other observers, these lights were volcanic." ALPO/BAA weight=4.
Mobberley of Suffolk, UK, and using a 14" reflector and seeing=I-II saw yellowish/brown streaks within Aristarchus. A sketch indicates that these extended from a region on the east floor to the north west corner, and then finally onto the bands on the west wall. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=132 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1981 Jun 15 UTC 21:30 Observed by Amery (Reading, England, 25cm reflector, seeing Antoniadi IV-V) At the 4 O'Clock position on the North West corner?, there was a dark smudge which reached from the floor across and over the wall and onto the terrain outside the crater. Foley, alerted by Amery, saw a dark show-like patch in the crater's north west corner, again lying across the rim. 2006 Cameron catalog extension ID=148 and weight=4. Foley used a 12" reflector and seeing was III-V. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Plato 1874 Jan 01 UT 20:00? Observed by Pratt (England?) "Unusual appearance" NASA catalog weight=1. NASA catalog ID # 183. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
1982 Mar 08 Daniell UT 22:49-22:57 P.Madej (Hudersfield, UK) - A colour and brightness anomaly was seen a TLP alert was put out. Cameron 2006 catalog extension weight=165 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
"Brightening in blue filter, 1st for seconds, later for mins". NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #574.
Plato 1971 Nov 01 UT 19:35-20:35 Observed by Kidd (S.Shields, UK 16" reflector, S=G), Kirsopp (UK), Fitton (Lancashire, UK, 8" reflector x200) "NW (IAU?) rim, small area of obscur. & bright spot adjacent to it. Was normal at 2035h. Kirsopp confirmed. Fitton saw nothing unusual in blink patrol. (blink device detects color rather than brightness)" NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #1318. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Manilius 1939 Jul 30 UT 06:00 Observed by Haas? (NM?, USA, 12?" reflector) "Dark area in S. part wad I=3.7 comp. with #449. Cond. were similar. (phase same. real difference?). (normal here?)"
Schickard 1940 May 20 UT 20:00 Observed by Moore (England, 12?" eflector) "Fog on floor -- milky appearance, less pronounced than on 8/2/39 (see #456)." NASA catalog ID #465. NASA catalog weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Madler 1940 Aug 17 UT 06:45 (Cameron gives 07:30 but Haas says this is wrong) Observed by Haas (New Mexico?, USA, 12" reflector?) Bright spot on S. rim had I=5.8 on this date but 8.9 on Aug. 17, when observing conditions were similar (see # 473). NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #470. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Mare Humboldtianum 1951 Jan 21 20:47-22:00 UT observed by Baum (Chester, England). The appearance of some mountains on the limb appeared to change over time, with some mistiness. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Aristarchus-Herodotus 1969 Jan 03 UT 03:20-03:50 Observed by Taboada (Mexico) "Brightness between craters dimmed at 0345. Change in colouration in N. part of Aris. -- gray & slightly pinkish. Became more remarkable at 0350 in almost all the extension of the cleft, (Sch. Vall. ?)." NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #1114. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1972 Oct 21 UT 2:10-22:45 observed by Schnuchal (52.5N, 13.25E, 600mm f/11.7 reflector, T=1, S=3) "Bright spot with maximum intensity at 22:10 UT diminution in brightness well observable" - Hilbrecht and Kuveler, Earth, Moon & Planets, 30 (1984),p53-61. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
G.Amery (Reading, UK, seeing=II) saw a brilliant white rim, bands and central peak. There was also a clearly seen white glare like feature over the ESE wall that had a direction opposite to the crater interior bands. Cameron states that Foley says that this is usual. High CED brightness readings obtained. M.Cook of Frimley, UK, took CED measurements at 23:35UT and recorded a brightness of > 4.9. Reported a reversal of spurious colour - Cameron suspects that this was a local effect. No spurious colour noticed by anyone else. However the brightness of the crater was confirmed by other observers. Mosely suspected a brightness change on the inner east wall at a relative position of 8 O'Clock. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=259 and weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1973 Sep 11 UTC 20:48-21:06 observed by Pasternak (53deg 20'N, 7deg 30'E, 75mm reflector T=1, S=3) "reddish colours at the S of Aristarchus from 20.48-21.00 U.T., area spread to the region E of the crater at 20.57 U.T., disappeared there at 21.04U.T., no colours after 21.06 U.T." - Hilbrecht and Kuveler, Earth, Moon & Planets, 30 (1984), p53-61. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1967 Feb 24 UT 04:21 Observed by Kelsey (Riverside, CA, USA, 8" reflector?) Using an Eng. moon blink device, discovered red brightest on NNE wall summit - duration 10min. NASA catalog weight=3. NASA catalog ID #1017. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1961 Jun 27/28 23:00?-01:00? Observed by Granger & Ring (Italy). "Enhancement of Spectrum in UV at CaII similar to May obs." NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID #741. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Enhancement of spectrum in UV and CaI recorded on photoelectric spectrometer scans by Grainger and Ring in Italy. Effect seen on Aristarchus and a ray near Bessel (approx 17E, 22N). Cameron 1978 catalog ID=740 and weight=5. ALPO weight=3.
Proclus 1955 Aug 03 UTC 04:13-04:40 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 5" reflector, x180, S=5, T=5) "Floor blackish 2 intensity but in green filter assumed a distinctly mottled or flocculent appearance -- seen only in green. Neither blue nor red had any effect, but on previous eve. green light had not produced such an appearance." NASA catalog weight=4 (good). NASA catalog ID #602. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus vicinity 1842 Oct 18 UT 23:00? Observed by Gruithuisen (Munich, Germany) "Mingling of all colors in small spots in W. & NW of crater. (interposition of year dates? was # 101 --1842 prob. correct." NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #121. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1897 Oct 10 at UT 19:00 Pickering (Cambridge, Mass. USA, 15" refractor?) observed in Shroter's valley and the vicinity, "Variations in vapor col. change in direction of cloud rising from F is marked (time est. fr. given colon.)" The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=292 and the weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Aristarchus 1976 Jun 12 UT 05:21 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore. MD. USA, 4.5" reflector, 40-225x, S=5, T=3, "Deep viol. tinge in N. 1/2 of nimbus. Faint blue-viol. radiance (gas ?) on E. - NE wall along crest. No color elsewhere, nor on plateau m." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1435.
F. Graham took some photos of the Cobras Head and found a blue cloud about 50 km in diameter and scattering light - Cameron says that this indicates high density. Darling found the Cobra's Head obscure and variable "clear and bright to diffused". Cameron was alerted observed (02:40UT) variations with periods of approximately 30 seconds, and thought that she could see a red tinge on the east rim of Aristarchus - checks elsewhere found no other colours. Darling found that a blue filter enhanced the effect and a red filter made it disappear. There was a blink at 02:55UT but no blink in the Cobra's Head, which looked fuzzy and lacking in detail. The effect was confirmed by Weier, who also saw two dark spots in the Cobra Head in blue but not in red light. The brightness of the Cobras Head was 6.0, Herodotus floor 5.5, NW wall 7.5, South wall, 7.0, Aristarchus south wall 9.0, west wall 9.0, south wall 7.0, East wall 8.0, and the central peak 10.0. Observer details were as follows: Darling (Sun Praire, WI, USA, 12.5" reflector, x159, S=9/10). D. Weier (Sun Praire, WI, USA, 12.5" reflector, x159, S= 9/10), W. Cameron (Sedona, AZ, USA, 8" reflector x110 and x220, T=6 and S=6) F. Graham (E.Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 7" refractor, thin haze). Cameron 2006 catalog ID=415 and weight=5. ALPO/BAA weight=4.
Archimedes 1940 Jun 20 UT 07:30 Observed by Haas (NM, USA, 12?" reflector) "NE wall (outer) had I=2.5 on this nite but 5.0 on Aug. 18 (see #471 -- both same phase so real diff. 2.5 normal?)" NASA weight=4. NASA ID No. #467. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Near Censorinus 1964 Apr 26 UT 20:00? Observed by Hopmann (Czchoslovakia?) "Surface brightening somewhat similar to Kopal and Rackham in #779" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #810.
Proclus 1972 Nov 20 UT 20:20 Observed by Farrant (Cambridge, England, 8.5" reflector, x178) "Dark patch in crater. Disappeared by next nite. The normal ring seemed thickened. On Dec. 7. the crater appeared bright. Drawings. (prob. real LTP, nr. FM)" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1350.
Archimedes 1940 Aug 18 UT 03:25 Observed by Haas (NM?, USA, 12" reflector?) NE outer wall had I=5.0, but was I=2.5 on June 20 (see #467) (similar colong.)" NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #471. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Lichtenberg 1951 Jan 22 18:19.2-18:38.5 UT observed by Baum (Chester, England). Tiny red spot noticed initially and then faded. Location of spot 31.403N 66.167W. 20cm refractor x90- x100. Seeing fair-extremely good. NASA catalog assigns a weight of 3. NASA TLP ID No. #542. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Gassendi 1966 Dec 27 UTC 06:30-07:05 Observed by Kelsey (Riverside, CA, USA, 6" reflector?) "Very faint blink on SW (ast. ?) floor & on another N. of it on NW floor. Obs. considers obs. very suspect" NASA catalog weight=1 (very poor). NASA catalog ID #1006.
Aristarchus 1954 Oct 12 UT 00:55-02:10 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 3.5" refractor x100, S=5-6, T=5) "Pale violet radiance on S.wall SE, E, NE walls, & c.p. At 0409 strong violet tint E 1/2 of fl.very faint on W. 1/2 of floor & W. wall. Dark violet on nimbus & pale violet on Mt. m" NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #576. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1989 Oct 14 UT 19:00?, 22:00? P.W. Foley (Kent, U.K., using a 12" reflector) noted that although the brightness of Aristarchus crater seemed steady, that there was just too much detil to see inside the crater than one would expect. Appeared as two craters - Cameron commented that this was often seen by Bartlett. Several observers apparently confirmed this TLP? Cameron 1978 catalog extension ID=379 and weight=5. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Plato 1878 Nov 09 UTC 21:00 UTC Observed by Klein (Cologne, Germany, 6" refractor?) "Faint, but unmistakable white cloud not seen before." NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #207.
Observed by Bartlett (Batimore, MD, USA, S=4, T=5) "E.wall? blue glare. He was uncertain @it. Couln't focus it. Herodotus unaffected." NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID 581. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
P Moore, Selsey, Sussex, UK, used a 5" x250 scope and between 23:50UT on Jul 1st 1977 and 00:10UT on Jul 2nd 1977 observed Aristarchus. The south wall of the crater was reddish, extending down to the outer south east wall (IAU). However seeing was no better than III-IV and he was 99% sure that the colour was spurious. His report was submitted only in case any other observers reported something similar. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Aristarchus was not normal, but all the following features were: Mare Crisium, Proclus, Sinus Iridium, Grimaldi, and Tycho. Observed by Mellor and Fitton, UK. Observer notes that Aristarchus is brighter than Tycho when normal. Estimated variation was 25%. However the Moon was low and the Moon was yellow. Despite this the observer decided that the effect was real. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=32 and weight=2. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Proclus 1958 Aug 30 UT 06:30-06:45 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 4" reflector, x240, S=6, T=5) "Proc. Q. a bright spot on NE rim apparently a crater presented a very abnormal aspect. Extraordinarily large & at least 9 deg bright -- like EWBS on Aris. This spot is subject to large unexplained variations. At 97 deg col. in July, Q was also 9 deg bright but very small. At col.96 deg, 5 in May '58, col.99deg in Feb.'50, & 96 deg in Nov. '55 it was not seen at all. Assoc. with tonite was a distinct blue glare on NE rim, extending for short dist. & @ 2x as far as S." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #894.
Aristarchus 1970 Jan 23 UT 07:00? Observed by Thomas, Rogers, Corralitos Observatory (Organ Pass, NM, USA, 24" reflector, Moon blink) "Bluing around the crater -- vis. in monitor but not photographed due to clouds" NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1233
On 1955 Oct 02 at UT 05:30-05:55 Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 3.5" reflector, x100, S=7, T=5) observed the following in Aristarchus crater: "Viol. gl. on E, NE rim, over EWBS resembled a viol. mist. Crater itself was hazy, could not get a sharp focus". The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=615 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Mobberley noticed that Torricelli B was bright and had an even brighter spot on the inner north wall. The observation was made from UT19:45- 21:40 using visual and video techniques. There was also a bright region NNE of Toricelli B, that was noticed. Foley examined the video and found that the crater faded in brightness over time and also the bright area to the NNE was not as bright on video as had been seen visually. Foley speculates that because the CCD camera was sesnitive to the near IR that maybe the spot was blue?. Foley observed from 21:12-21:21UT and also saw the bright spot on the inner north wall - but saw a blue halo around the crater. Response in blue filter, darkening over whole region. Brightness measures with a crater extinction device (CED) indicated that the crater was 80-85% the brightness of Censorinus. There was a bright area NNE of the region. M. Cook observed 22:10- 22:16UT (15cm reflector and seeing III-IV) and also saw that the crater was very bright indeed with a spot NNE of the region (same position as 28/28 1985 observation) - suspected that the crater might have been brighter than Censorinus, but judgement effected by seeing. In a blue filter the crater dulled leaving the bright spot prominent (but only during a good moment of seeing) - therefore had some suspicion of seeing effects. At 01:00-01:04UT M. Cook used a 12" reflector on the area, but the seeing was even worse - but did manage a check of the brightness of Torricelli B to Censorinus and now made it one quarter of that of Censorinus and no sign of the crater dimming in the blue as had been seen earlier in the 6" refletor. A. Cook (Frimley, seeing V) at 21:15UT (Dec 27) thought that Torricelli B looked normal and saw no colour. At Dec 28 at UT 00:02-00:25 A. Cook obtained some CCD images through red+IR (Wratten 25) and IR (Wratten 87) but found no colour differences, though there was a very slight hint that a brightness fade may have occurred between those two observing times. Note that this report does not have an entry in the Cameron 2006 Extension Catalog. The ALPO/BAA weight=4.
W.Humboldt 1897 Dec 09 UTC 23:00? Observed by Goodacre (Crouch End, England, 12" reflector) "Shadow anomaly. Chocolate penumbral shade edging black shadow on E. wall." NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #296.
Cobra Head 1955 Oct 31 UTC 19:00 Observed by Milligan (England?) "Dark blue obscuration" NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID 624.
On 1984 Feb 17 at 19:45-22:20UT P. Madej noticed colour in Aristarchus and telephoned the BAA Lunar Secton TLP network. Mosely at 21:15UT observed that Aristarchus was both bright and fuzzy - there was some spurios color (red on south and blue on the north) but this was replaced by violet. By 21:30UT (transparency=fair) the centre of the crater was bluish and the west wall creamy white. the north and south walls were brilliant white. By 22:00-22:30 UT the seeing had improved and the crater looked unusual - now the centre was violet and the west wall duller, off-white. By 05:35UT the crater was difficult to define according to Cook - 4 bands could be seen under II seeing and the north rim was fuzzy and less bright than the east wall (this was hazy). P. Moore observed that the crater was normal at 04:00UT. Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=242 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1984 Feb 17 at 19:45-22:20UT P. Madej (England, seeing=III- IV, x50)noticed that the crater Reinhold had a blood red spot on the northern terraces, at the base of the inner wall in a summit crater on the last of a crater chain or ridge descending from the top to floor". Cameron 2006 catalog extension ID=242 and weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1976 Aug 11 06:44 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 4.5" reflector, 45-300x, S=4-3, T=4) "Pale viol. radiance (gas?) on plateau m. Dark viol. tinge on nimbus. C.p.=10 deg walls=8deg, & all of floor=8 deg. W.wall out of focus due to haziness (gas?)." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1441.
Proclus 1972 Nov 21 UT 21:30 Observed by Farrant (Cambridge, England, 8.5" reflector, x130) "Thickened bright ring remained, but the dark patch had disappeared. (dark patch prob. real temporary phenom. as it was seen nr. FM when contrasts are strongest, yet disappeared" NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1351.
CCD images taken through Wratten 25 (red+near IR) and 87 (near IR only) filters. Between 00:02 and 00:25UT there was some slight evidence that a fade may have taken place however careful analysis by Cook casts doubt on this. Probably it was more related to a degradation in image quality due to seeing than a true TLP. An ALPO/BAA weight of 1 has been assigned.
Aristarchus 1973 Oct 12 UTC 18:13-18:45 observed by Pasternak "Bright region of the S. of the crater, color was red." - Hilbrecht and Kuveler, Earth, Moon & Planets, 30 (1984), p53-61. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Schickard 1939 Aug 02 UT 00:01 Observed by Moore (England, 12?" reflector) "Floor milky, walls almost vis. 2 bright pts. in area. not extending to extreme w.part of floor" NASA catalog ID #456. NASA catalog weight=4. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Proclus 1955 Oct 03 UTC 02:10-02:40 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 5" reflector x180, S=1-0?, T=4) "Proc. D (his ID) normally a bright white spot on E. floor disappared as a dark spot, I=2.5 & barely disting. from 3deg gray. In July lunation it was seen as normal bright spot at col. 347.57, 359.36, 36.74 & 61.83 but vanished after 61.83. C.p. abnormally dark & close to floor intensity. At 1st failed to find it I=2.5 whereas it is normally 5.0." The cameron 1978 catalog ID=616 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Proclus 1958 Jul 03 UT 06:18-07:15 Obsrved by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 5" reflector, x180, S=5, T=3) "Proc. C a remarkable phenom. of which he is certain. At beginning of obs. C was 5 deg bright & conspicuous -- its normal appearance at or nr. SS. At 0620 it suddenly became dull so as to almost vanish. By 0640 C was very dull-- 3.5 deg. An indep. check was made at 0715 with same instru. & it was still at 3.5 deg. Note C does not mean Proclus C but a notation system developed by Bartlett for features in and around Proclus". Cameron's 1978 NASA catalog weight=4 (high). Cameron's 1978 NASA catalog ID #688. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1990 Dec 03 at UT23:00-01:30 M.C. Cook (Frimley, Surrey, UK) noticed that the central peak of Aristarchus was quite bright and extended to a circular region in the east in the crater "sprout" area - Cameron suggests that this is Bartletts self defined EWBS area?. Beyond the rim to the east was very bright. However no colour effect was seen in filters. A sketch was supplied. Cameron notes the coincidence of perigee and full Moon. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID is 416 and the weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 1993 Sep 02 UT2250-23:30 C. Brook (Plymouth, UK, 70mm refractor, x100, seeing=III) noted that Cleomedes A was exceptionally bright and compared it with plate 4C in Henry Hatfield's Atlas. He had noticed it was bright earlier in the evening, but his attention was drawn to it at 22:50UT. By 23:07UT it was dimmer, with patches of cloud coming up and a slight deterioration in seeing. By 22:30 UT the crater was no longer exceptionally bright. The Cameron 2006 catalog ID=466 and weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
On 2006 Jan 16 at 05:44UT T. Bakowski (Orchard Park, NY, USA) observed a round dark object in 1 of 21 frames from a camera. The exposure was 1/250th sec. Seeing conditions were bad. The dark spot is east of Mons Vinogradov, at or near crater J. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
East of Plato 1961 Jun 29/20 23:00?-01:00 Observed by Granger and Ring (both in Italy) "Enhancement of spectrum in UV & Ca I recorded on photoelectric spectrometer scans" NASA catalog weight=5. NASA catalog ID #742. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
On 1955 Oct 03 at UT 04:45-05:05 Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 3.5" reflector, x100, S=5, T=3) observed the following in Aristarchus crater: "Whole cdrater hazy, couldn't focus it. Herodotus unaffected". The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=617 and weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
E. of Picard 1879 Nov 01 UT 00:00? Observed by an unknown observer (England?) "Bright spot. (Fort admits he has several more of these records of LTP, but does not give them because they don't fall nr. Mars'opposition which he tho't was cause of them.) Elevation rising N- S, with shading toward terminator." NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #214.
On 1978 May 24 at 00:40-01:05UT P. Moore (Sussex, UK, and using a 12.5" reflector at x300-400 - seeing IV) saw colour in Aristarchus (red on the south east wall and southern "horn" of the crater. He could not detect colour elsewhere, but felt that the effect might have been spurious colour. With the increasing altitude of the Moon the light effect decreased. Moore detected red the next night as well (May 25th) and on May 27th, but it was not present on May 29th. The Cameron 2006 Extension catalog ID=33 and the weight=0. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Peirescius 1985 Dec 28 UT ~20:56 (Col. 112.5) H. Hill (UK) observed that this crater was piercingly bright. Repeat colongitude observations on later dates failed to show a similar effect. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Gassendi 1940 Aug 20 UT 03:25 Observed by Haas (NM?, USA, 12" reflector?) "Largest bright spot on SE pt. of floor had I=8.6 (real changes? see @ '#649, 474, & 475, all similar change)." NASA catalog weight=4. NASA catalog ID #472. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Aristarchus 1976 Aug 12 UT 07:30 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 4.5" reflector 45-225x, S=6=3, T=5) "Nimbus around c.p.=2deg, S.floor=6deg & was red; rest of floor=8deg. This is only tint in Aris.). Tonite saw a pale red glow suffasing the S. region of the crater. Bright blue radiance (gas?) on ENE wall. Viol. radiance on plateau m gone tonite. Red glow on 13th & the region was yellow- brown." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1442.
In 1941 Jul 11 at UT 04:00? Haas (New Mexico?, USA, 12" reflector) observed near Hansteen "Moving luminous speck, estimated 0.1" diam., mag 8 (rept. date was 10. Lunar meteor?". The Cameron 1978 catalog ID= 487 and weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1986 Feb 26 at 05:00UT a photograph was obtained by T. Kohman of Pittsburgh, PA, USA (3.5" Questar and 0.25 sec exposure) that had two bands above the limb, resembling ejecta plumes. Cameron suspects that these are probably flare from the eyepiece optics. Cameron 2006 extension catalog ID=282 and weight=0. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plato 1870 Apr 17 UT 22:00? Observed by Gledhill? (Halifax, England, 9" refractor) "Group 1 again in illum. as in Aug., Sep. 1869 observations." NASA catalog weight=2 (low). NASA catalog ID #166.
Gassendi 1967 Jan 28 UT 00:04-01:06 Observed by Moseley (Armagh, Northern Ireland, 10" refractor, x350, Seeing=Good) "Small moon blink (Eng.) not quite concentric with the crater, half way from c.p. to SE (IAU?) wall. Lasted till 0007h then clouds. Seen again at 0100h-0106h, then lost with poor seeing. Looked again at 0148, 0230, 0310, but neg. Other areas also neg." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID # 1013.
Madler 1962 Apr 22 UTC 08:24 Observed by Wildey, Pohn (1st measurement) (Mt Wilson, CA, USA, 60" reflector with photometer) "Photometric measures show change in brightness from Vmag=3.79 to V=4.40. The average brightness for age 17d is V=3.99. Crater faded from .2 mag brighter than av. to .4 mag. fainter (@1.5 times fainter) than av., a range of .6 magnitude, or @ 1.5 times diff. in brightness". NASA catalog weight=5 (very high). NASA catalog ID #757.
Plato 1938 Jul 15 UTC 06:50 Observed by Haas (12" reflector?) "Floor -- definitely green under same conditions as 5/17/38 (see #437). Kaiser after 90 obs. couldn't find any regularity to appearance of the brown color in Plato. I=3.7 comp. with I=2.0 on 6/15/38 (see #439-- color of ground?)." NASA catalog weight=4 (good). NASA catalog ID #440.
On 1961 Jul 01 at UT 00:00? an unknown Miranova (Russia or Israel) obtained some spectral photometry of lunar objects. A spectral plate in 425 -> 500nm bands. The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=743 and weight=5. The ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Madler 1962 Apr 22 UTC 11:48 Observed (2nd mesurement) by Wildey, Pohn (Mt Wilson, CA, USA, 60" reflector with photometer) "Photometric measures show change in brightness from Vmag=3.79 to V=4.40. The average brightness for age 17d is V=3.99. Crater faded from .2 mag brighter than av. to .4 mag. fainter (@1.5 times fainter) than av., a range of .6 magnitude, or @ 1.5 times diff. in brightness". NASA catalog weight=5 (very high). NASA catalog ID #757.
On 1897 Oct 13 at UT 20:00 Pickering (Cambridge, Mass. USA, 15" refractor?) observed in Shroter's valley and the vicinity, "Variations in vapor column" The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=292 and the weight=1. The ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Aristarchus 1976 Aug 13 UT 07:30 Observed by Bartlett (Baltimore, MD, USA, 4.5" reflector 45-225x, S=6=3, T=5) "Nimbus around c.p.=2deg, S.floor=6deg & was red; rest of floor=8deg. This is only tint in Aris.). Tonite saw a pale red glow suffasing the S. region of the crater. Bright blue radiance (gas?) on ENE wall. Viol. radiance on plateau m gone tonite. Red glow on 13th & the region was yellow- brown." NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #1442.
Area of darkness overlapping NW rim. It was visible through this area of obscuration. Sketch. Cameron 2006 extended catalog ID=376 and Cameron weight=3. ALPO/BAA weight=2.
On 1985 Dec 29th at UT 23:23-23:58, M. Mobberley (Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, UK, seeing II-III) made a video scan of the Moon. P.W. Foley examined the tape and noted something that Mobberley had not seen visually. Two scans of Totticelli B had taken place, one at 23:23 and the other at 23:58UT. In the first a brilliant point appeared briefly, on the western rim, positioned at 3o'clock. In the second video sequence this brilliant spot was present continuously and wandered along the rim. It was possible to monitor frequency of turbulence present, this apparent movement did not ppear to conform, although judgement here was extremelydifficult as the feature was at absolute point of resolution, a little better than 0.5 mile. Also considered was the implication of the equipment effect, this did not seem to fit either as other nerby craters in the same configuration, 30% shadow filled with sunlight on exterior of western walls. A point to watch for in future. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Janssen K 1992 Sep 14 UTC 21:30-0025 Observed by Brook (Plymouth, UK, 4" reflector, Antoniadi II seeing). "Crater > & similar one was sharp EW wall especially bright. Floor in shadow. No obscuration on floor but no detail in bright part could be seen. At 23:20 had dimmed slightly, continued to do so. At 00:40 was noticeably < Began to see detail 00:25, TLP over. G. North (Herstmonceux, 18" reflector) took photos in this time K was grayish, not very bright. C. Brook noticed K very bright condition its rays 1/2 length. L. Harris (UK, 10" Reflector with CCD camera). Cameron 2006 catalog ID=453 and weight=5.
In 1897 Oct 14 at UT 00"50 Pickering (Cambridge, Mass. USA, 15" refractor?) observed "Refractive displacement of lunar atm. at bright limb was 0.4" (time is for occultation of Alctone in Pleiades)" The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=294 and the weight=3. The ALPO/BAA weight=1. Note this may? refer to an occultation, in which case it will be pointless to observe again for a particular illumination.
Birt 1972 Sep 25 UT 23:20-23:45 Observed by Doherty (Stoke-on-Trent, England, 10" reflector x280, S=VG) "All bright areas were similar in intensity (albedo) but 2 larger ones at times seemed brighter. N & S. The E. IAU? wall of the small craterlet showed most prominently & at times suspected a faint pt. of light just W. of its center. This was very suspect however." NASA catalog weight=1 (very low). NASA catalog ID #1345.
Grimaldi 1937 Sep 23 UT 05:00 Observed by Firsoff (Glastonbury, England, 6" reflector + filter) "Variations in green. Strong green on this date. Other dates of variation are: Date Time Color 4/29/37 0930 slight 3/23/38 09?30 strong 7/24/38 0830 gray-green NASA catalog weight=4 (high). NASA catalog ID #424.
On 1944 Mar 12 at UT 23:00 H.P. Wilkins (Kent, UK, 8.5" reflector) observed that Plato appeared incomplete - the central crater had it's north wall obscured. cameron comments that maybe this was due to the low altitude of the Moon? The Cameron 1978 catalog ID=491 and the weight=4. The ALPO/BAA weight=2.
Near Kepler 1966 Dec 31 UT 03:00? Observed by Petrova, Pospergelis (Pulkova Observatory, Russia) "Special glow in this area. Confirmed by photoelectric method (Petrova) & polarimetric (Pospergelis?) almost simultaneously recorded by both" NASA catalog weight=5 (very high). NASA catalog ID #1007.
C.Brook (Plymouth, UK) noticed that the east wall of this crater was brighter than the walls of nearby craters. Cameron comments that Foley says that this is normal and agrees. Cameron 2006 Catalog Extension ID= 433 and weight=1. ALPO/BAA weight=1.
Plinius 1937 Jul 27 UT 04:37 Observed by Haas (Alliance, OH, 12"? reflector) "E. end of c.p. varied in intensity at similar lighting conditions. Intensity was low est on this nite, being at I=5.0. Other nites were: Date Time col. I 6/23/37 0600 84 8.5 7/20/37 0200 58 6.0 7/22/37 0300 78 6.5 9/22/37 0700 114 6.0 9/24/37 0830 142 6.5 10/17/37 0100 59 8.5 10/21/37 0500 109 8.5 NASA catalog weight=4 (good) on this and the nights listed. NASA catalog ID #422. ALPO/BAA weight=3.
Aristarchus 1969 Dec 28 UT 00:24 Observed by Kilburn (England, 6" reflector x192) "Blink in same place as #1231. Very faint and large area." NASA catalog weight=3 (average). NASA catalog ID #1232.