This is pretty self-explanatory. The detail that the telescope supplies is only vaguely hinted at without one. There is little that compares to the experience of looking through the eyepiece and feeling as if you are about to bump your head on the moon. When school groups come to the ‘scope, this is the first thing that they want to see. Paradoxically, though, the Moon is something of an astronomical nuisance. A full moon like this one tends to wash out other objects. The best nights are those with no Moon at all.
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Live data from the solar array at The Old Farmer's Almanac offices in Dublin, NH.