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Lunar Meteoroid Impacts and How to Observe Them


The face of the Moon we see today has been substantially etched by the effects of meteor impacts. Craters on the Moon are the result of ancient impacts with large meteorites - or small asteroid-like bodies - which produced both primary craters (where the meteorites hit) and secondary craters (where material hurled high above the surface crashed back down). Even some of the vast lunar "seas" - actually basalt plains from ancient volcanic eruptions - may have been the result of impacts that triggered lava outflows. The era of major impacts on the Moon may have passed, but lunar meteorites may well be the cause of what are known as Lunar Transient Phonomena ("LTP" or sometimes "TLP") flashes and puffs of gas or vaporized rock or dust that are observed on the Moon's surface. This book looks at the way the Moon has been shaped by meteorites, proposes lunar meteorites as the most likely cause of most LTPs and describes in practical detail how amateur astronomers can observe impacts on the Moon, past and current.

Thorough book about "Lunar Transient Phenomena - LTP" and "Lunar Impact Features" specifically Craters and Maria. It covers the historical and scientific background of the various features, how to identify them and co-ordinate your observational efforts with other around the world and make your own contributions to this illusive part of Astronomy. As indicated by the book's Description "Observe geology in the making on the Moon's surface". 

Unlike the other book by Springer under the title "The Moon and How to Observe It (Astronomers' Observing Guides)" which is intended to any one interested in observing the moon, this book I believe is targeted to a few Dedicated Amateurs or even professionals who are curious about these Features and Phenomena and want to know the facts from an expert in the field "Brian Cudnik" who has done a magnificent job in summarizing his life experience in this field wonderfully within the pages of this book. I will not attempt to discourage anyone from acquiring the book, on the contrary it's a treasure and scientifically intriguing; but it's not your typical observing guide as its end goal aims at making active observations of current events that are more or less rare and hard to detect, observer and capture. 
Last Thought, this book offers an observation challenge, are you up to it?! Happy Hunting!!

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