What can you see on the Moon tonight?

Saturday 20 February

This image was produced by NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, and shows the Moon as it will appear at 6pm tonight (18h UT) from the UK. The phase was generated to take account of the slight rocking that the moon makes, called libration, as it orbits the Earth. Click on the image to view a larger version with labels for key features which are currently visible. Craters highlighted by shadows along the terminator, which separates the illuminated and dark area of the Moon, are labelled most strongly. (It also shows the Apollo landing sites).

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You can find out more about the Moon’s changing appearance as it waxes and wanes by visiting the NASA page on Moon Phase and Libration.