Sketching the Moon

  • Richard Handy
Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


If you have had the opportunity to observe the Earthℰss sister world through a small telescope or even a pair of binoculars, you probably already understand several aspects that make sketching her a delight. One of the most compelling is the excitement of creating a personal record of the astonishingly wide variety of terrains you observe. The Moon’s face reveals a gold mine of impact-and volcanic-related processes: vast, basaltic lava-flooded basins, collapsed lava tubes snaking across its surface, long semicircular scarps that trace the shock from some of the most energetic collisions with ancient impactors, lofty mountain ranges that surround these basins, prominent isolated massifs, bright rays of pulverized rock that are flung hundreds of miles across the surface, and rugged highlands pitted by craters of all sizes. These are among some of the many treasures awaiting your discovery, and sketching these features is not only an education in observation, but it may also be a deeply rewarding personal record of the experience.


Lunar Surface Gray Tone Light Tone Graphite Pencil Wrinkle Ridge 
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