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Map of the Moon - Full Moon - 40th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Landing July 20, 1969 - July 20, 2009 | by encouragement
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Map of the Moon - Full Moon - 40th Anniversary of Apollo Moon Landing July 20, 1969 - July 20, 2009

Map of the Moon - Full Moon

Located Orbiting Earth, Sol, and Milkyway Galaxy

May 8, 2009

 

UPDATE: July 20, 2009 will mark the 40th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. Be sure to run your cursor across the photo to find the spot of the landing! It's located just to the right and just above the center of the moon in this photo.

 

Here are some facts about Apollo 11 from NASA:

 

spaceflight.nasa.gov/history/apollo/apollo11/

 

On May 8, 2009, the moon was full at 9:02 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Though this image was taken 3 minutes after that instant, I consider this to be 100% full!!! Because the sunlight is essentially straight-on to Earth's perspective during the full moon, craters and other features seem to have lesser definition due to a lack of shadows that are otherwise present during waxing and waning phases.

 

Run your cursor over the map for a partial list of lunar features and Apollo Moon Landing Sites.

 

This is, by far, my clearest and sharpest lunar shot to date. This image was taken at 400mm focal length and has a digital zoom of about 75% of full resolution. The Canon 50D allows 10x "live view" magnification to assist with manual focusing. The 15.1 Mpx resolution doesn't hurt either.

 

For a larger list of lunar features and Apollo Moon Landing Sites, please refer to this link:

 

www.oarval.org/MoonMapen.htm

 

If you are ever interested in the time of sunrise, sunset, moonrise or moonset in your area, I recommend the following link:

 

aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneDay.php

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Taken on May 8, 2009