Lunar Section        

 
 

December 4, 2019

December 2019 TLO is available

The December 2019 issue of The Lunar Observer, newsletter of the ALPO Lunar Topographical Studies & Selected Areas Program, and the Lunar Geological Change program is available by clicking here. Back issues are also available at http://moon.scopesandscapes.com.
In the December 2019 The Lunar Observer look for some interesting articles about lunar domes, both from the Raffaello Lena, Carmelo Zannelli, Maximilian Teodorescu and Jim Phillips article about lunar domes near the craters Hall and Luther along with several images and articles about domes from Howard Eskildsen. John Sabia takes us on a tour of the Moon with a 9.5-inch Alvin Clark refractor, though Damian Peach’s image of Plato through a 1 m telescope is also quite the view. Sounds like dream telescopes for such a purpose. As always, Tony Cook provides an engaging article about lunar geologic change. Tours of the lunar topography are presented in short articles, drawings, and images throughout this issue. Enjoy and have fun observing our nearest neighbor in space.
David Teske
Acting Coordinator, Lunar Topographic Studies Program
Assn of Lunar & Planetary Observers

 
 

November 10, 2019

Domes Luther and Hall

Two lunar domes, located near the craters Luther and Hall (which we termed Luth1 and Hall1), have been imaged and studied.
The morphometric characteristics of these domes have been examined by making use of a combined photoclinometry and shape from shading approach and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) WAC image, including LOLA DEM data set. A full spectral analysis based on Chandrayaan-1 Moon Mineralogy Mapper is in progress.
The Lunar Domes section encourages more high-resolution imagery of this wide lunar region so that we can have more data to identify further lunar domes not characterized in the morphometric and spectral properties yet.
Please click here to read the preliminary report.

Raffaello Lena
Coordinator, Lunar Domes Program
Assn of Lunar and Planetary Observers

 
 

November 2, 2019

November 2019 TLO available

The November 2019 issue of The Lunar Observer, newsletter of the ALPO Lunar Topographical Studies & Selected Areas Program, and the Lunar Geological Change program is available by clicking here. Back issues are also available at http://moon.scopesandscapes.com. This issue contains several contributed articles including: Focus-On article about the lunar craters Atlas and Copernicus, thermal imaging of the Moon, domes in the Sinus Iridum region, several short articles about various lunar features, images from several observers and a report from the Lunar Geologic Change Detection Program.
If the link above doesn’t work for you, try typing it directly into your browser. If that doesn’t work reply (NOT reply all) to this email and I’ll send you a copy by email.

David Teske
Acting Coordinator, Lunar Topographic Studies Program
Assn of Lunar & Planetary Observers

 
 

October 1, 2019

October 2019 TLO available

The October 2019 issue of The Lunar Observer, newsletter of the ALPO Lunar Topographical Studies & Selected Areas Program, and the Lunar Geological Change program is available by clicking here. Back issues are also available at http://moon.scopesandscapes.com. This issue includes several contributed articles including an article comparing an oblique impact crater on the Moon with an oblique impact crater in Argentina, images from several observers and a report from the Lunar Geologic Change Detection Program.

If the link above doesn’t work for you, try typing it directly into your browser. If that doesn’t work, send me an email and I’ll send you a copy by return email.

David Teske
Acting Coordinator, Lunar Topographic Studies Program
Assn of Lunar & Planetary Observers

 
 

October 12, 2019

Image request for lunar dome in Promontorium Laplace

A lunar dome in Promontorium Laplace has been imaged by Maximilian Teodorescu from Romania. The excellent CCD terrestrial image taken by Teodorescu, under oblique solar illumination, displays the dome termed La 1 very well, demonstrating as high resolution CCD imagery of the elusive lunar domes is useful for the recognition of non-cataloged domes.
The Lunar Domes section encourages more high-resolution imagery of this area. Please click here to read the preliminary note of the dome near Promontorium Laplace, including a description of the spectral analyses.

Raffaello Lena
Coordinator, Lunar Domes Program
Assn of Lunar and Planetary Observers

 
 

September 26, 2019

Imaging request for suspected Dome analysis

The Lunar Domes section is requesting high resolution images of a suspect dome for further analysis. Please click the link provided to read the note of the suspect dome near Brayley D, including a description of the elongated vent. We encourage more high-resolution imagery of this area so we can have more data to identify the shape of this dome which is not characterized in the morphometric and spectral properties yet. Please click the link here to access the note.

Raffaello Lena
Acting Coordinator, Lunar Domes Program
Assn of Lunar and Planetary Observers

 
 

September 2, 2019

2019-09 TLO available

The September 2019 issue of The Lunar Observer, newsletter of the ALPO Lunar Topographical Studies & Selected Areas Program, and the Lunar Geological Change program is available by clicking here: 2019-09 TLO. Back issues are also available at http://moon.scopesandscapes.com. This issue includes the Focus On article on the selected areas craters Alphonsus and Aristarchus, two in-depth studies of lunar domes, several contributed articles, images from several observers and a report from the Lunar Geologic Change Detection Program.

If the link above doesn’t work for you, try typing it directly into your browser. If that doesn’t work reply (NOT reply all) to this email and I’ll send you a copy by email.
David Teske
Acting Coordinator, Lunar Topographic Studies Program
Assn of Lunar & Planetary Observers

 
 

August 2, 2019

2019-08 TLO available

The August 2019 issue of The Lunar Observer, newsletter of the ALPO Lunar Topographical Studies & Selected Areas Program, and the Lunar Geological Change program is available at http://moon.scopesandscapes.com/tlo. Back issues and additional program information are also available at http://moon.scopesandscapes.com. This issue includes several contributed articles and an announcement of a change of coordinators for the ALPO Lunar Topographical Studies & Selected Areas Program.

After almost 11 years in this position, I have resigned as coordinator. David Teske has agreed to take over the Coordinator position and editorship of the TLO. He was officially appointed by the ALPO Board at the July meeting and, with this issue of the TLO, he has fully assumed his duties. I will continue as assistant coordinator, primarily entering observations into the ALPO gallery. All observations should now be submitted to david.teske@alpo-astronomy.org, as well as submitting copies to assistant coordinators, wayne.bailey@alpo-astronomy.org and jerry.hubbell@alpo-astronomy.org. As has been described in recent issues of the TLO, the easiest way to do this is to send the email to lunar@alpo-astronomy.org which will automatically forward it to all relevant recipients. I’ve enjoyed my 10+ years as coordinator and appreciate all the support I’ve received. I’m certain that David will do an excellent job and bring some new ideas to the program.

If the link above doesn’t work for you, try typing it directly into your browser. If that doesn’t work reply (NOT reply all) to this email and I’ll send you a copy by email.

Wayne Bailey
Assistant Coordinator
Lunar Topographical Studies and Selected Areas Program

 
 

March 2013 TLO is available

The March 2013 issue of the A.L.P.O. Lunar Section’s monthly newsletter,
The Lunar Observer, has been uploaded to:

http://moon.scopesandscapes.com/tlo.pdf

Thanks to all who contributed,

Wayne Bailey, wayne.bailey@alpo-astronomy.org
Editor, TLO

 
 

February TLO is available

The February 2013 issue of the A.L.P.O. Lunar Section’s monthly newsletter,
The Lunar Observer, has been uploaded to:

http://moon.scopesandscapes.com/tlo.pdf

Thanks to all who contributed,

Wayne Bailey, wayne.bailey@alpo-astronomy.org
Editor, TLO

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