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The Eagle Nebula

We often take it for granted because it is so easy to see, but the Earth's moon is one of the most beautiful and fascinating objects visible in the sky. Here we see the moon exactly 5 days, 1 hour past new. The large dark areas are known as “maria”, which is Latin for “seas”. Before the advent of the telescope, ancient astronomers believed these dark areas to be actual seas of water. Also visible are numerous craters, caused when enormous asteroids impacted the moon, carving out huge basins many miles across. Most of these extremely violent events took place billions of years ago.

This image was taken from my backyard on July 14, 2002 on Kodak Royal Gold 200 film. It was taken through my 10" Meade LX200 telescope.

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