Guide to Observing Impact Features on the Moon

  • Brian Cudnik
Part of the Astronomers' Observing Guides book series (OBSERVING)


In addition to the guide (Chapter  9) which shows how to observe impacts as they happen, I provide in this chapter a brief guide for observing existing lunar impact features. Although the impacts observed using ground-based telescopes produce craters that are much smaller than what can be observed through a typical backyard telescope, one can observe their much larger cousins and consider how an impact that resulted in that crater may have looked from the Earth.


Central Peak Lunar Surface Impact Feature Large Crater Small Crater 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Cudnik
    • 1
  1. 1.HoustonUSA

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