On the morning of June 15, 2012, astronomy educators at the Observatory took an image of the Moon in its waning crescent phase. Only a few days later it reached new Moon, becoming invisible to us.
This image was originally taken with a black and white camera, and color was added back into it during photo processing. The dark crater about halfway up the Moon is Crater Grimaldi. If you look up a labeled map of the Moon, you'll be able to identify more features.
Telescope: Tele Vue-85
Camera: Lumenera SKYnyx2-2M
Image Number: WEB12506-2012
Credit: Image by Emily Berkson, Smithsonian Public Observatory Project
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