Dear all,

In a month’s time I will be teaching first year preservice primary teachers about the moon (among other celestial bodies and phenomena). One of the most effective ways to do this is to ask students to take a month’s (or more!) worth of observations of the moon, and recording their observations. From these observations, patterns can be detected about the shape of the moon, the times it rises and sets, and the direction it travels in, and if we’re really clever with some secondary data, its affects on the tides.

Why am I telling you this? I’m hoping that you and any connections you have will help me out. Any time you see the moon in the next month or two, please snap a photo using your phone, and share it on a (public) Instagram account using the hashtag #moonobs.

Along with the hashtag, tell us where you are, and the time and date. Also tell us the direction you faced to take the picture (generally east or west or thereabouts), and the approximate altitude in the sky. You can guess the altitude by pointing at the moon with one hand, and sticking your other arm straight out to create an angle, and then have a guess at size of the angle. If the picture is blurry (this can happen with night shots), please tell us what phase the moon is in too! (Full moon, gibbous moon, half moon, crescent moon, new moon).

All pictures of the moon are welcome, but international shots add a couple of dimensions to the inquiry. Do others see the moon in the same direction/time as we do, around the world? Does it take the same shape? and Does the moon look the same?

I will answer these questions in another post soon.

Many thanks in advance,

P.S. Please share!