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Modern Mysteries of the Moon: What We Still Don't Know About Our Lunar Companion

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Focuses on what is still the #1 target for observing, and advises them how amateur astronomers can help in revealing some of the Moon's remaining mysteries
Synthesizes academic research findings concerning the Moon for a general audience
Provides finder maps of discussed features for use by amateur astronomers
Illustrated with spectacular NASA photos that give the latest astounding views of the Moon from missions such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Series: Astronomers' Universe

By: Vincent S Foster (Author)

363 pages, 44 colour & 48 b/w photos and illustrations

Springer-Verlag

Paperback | Oct 2015 | #229993 | ISBN-13: 9783319221199
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About this book

There are still many questions that remain about the Moon, which Modern Mysteries of the Moon examines. From concentric craters to lunar swirls, water vapor and lunar reverberations on impact, Foster collects it all for a fascinating tour that will illuminate the backyard observer's understanding of this easily viewed, yet also imperfectly understood, celestial object. Data from Apollo and a flotilla of unmanned Moon orbiters, crashers, and landers have all contributed to our understanding of the Moon, but these mysteries linger despite decades of research.

When Project Apollo brought back lunar rocks and soil samples, it opened a new chapter of understanding Earth's lone natural satellite, a process that continues to this day, as old results are revisited and new techniques are used on existing samples. Topics such as the origin, evolution, structure and composition of the Moon, however, are still under debate. Lunar research is still an active field of study. New technologies make it possible to continue to learn. But even so, the Moon continues to hold tight to some of its oldest and most cherished secrets. Foster examines many of the most interesting puzzles and what has been revealed by exploring them – as well as what questions remain.


Contents

- Introduction
- Donut Craters
- Lunar Transient Phenomena
- A Hollow Moon?
- The Big Splat
- Problems with Plato
- A Dry World?- Lunar Graffiti
- Lumpy Gravity
- Surprising Radioactivity
- Paved with Glass
- Tale of a Tail
- Volcanoes
- Moonquakes
- Disappearing Magnetic Field
- Two Faced
- Aristarchus Plateau
- Lunar Atmosphere
- Earth's Second Moon
- Laplace's Puzzle
- Future missions to the Moon
- A Younger Moon
- The Key to Colonizing the Moon
- Unlocking the Door to Lunar Mining
- Trouble with Tourism
- Secret to Nuke the Moon
- Index


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Biography

Vince Foster has been an amateur astronomer for over 50 years. He has earned most of the 40+ observing awards offered by the Astronomical League. Foster currently serves as chair of two of these observing programs, which he developed: Hydrogen Alpha Solar Observing Program, and Bright Nebula Observing Program. Before retiring, Foster was a hospital fund raiser and a newspaper reporter.

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