Lunar X by Guest Host: Barre Spencer and Gary Addington From North Carolina

While attending a meeting (July 16, 2021) of the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club:

We were looking at the Moon through the club’s 10-inch Dobsonian, and I saw something that I have read about, but never seen until tonight.

This phenomenon is visible for a few hours each month, about six hours before the Moon enters its First Quarter phase. The bright silvery X appears right along the lunar terminator. This is the line that separates the light and dark sides of the Moon.

I’ve been observing the moon and taken hundreds of lunar photos, but obviously never at the right time.

So, it has taken me at least 30 years to finally see the LUNAR X. If you’ve never seen the X, give it a try, you will not be disappointed…

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