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Exact moonlight measurements could aid Earth-observing missions

27 November 2017

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A new telescope's unprecedented study of subtle variations in lunar light could finally give Earth-facing satellites a common reference point for their observations.

As our nearest neighbor in space, the Moon is one of the most familiar objects in our sky. Yet there are still things we don't know about it—like exactly how bright it is. In a new project, scientists will seek to make the most accurate measurements to date of lunar irradiance, the amount of light coming from the Moon.

Source: Eos.

Image credit: Ganapathy Kumar - Clouds surround a full Moon seen over Arizona. A new study of moonlight will take advantage of minimal atmospheric degradation of observations made from Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.

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