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How to find the Apollo landing sites and dramatic craters on the moon

The moon’s surface can tell us much about the solar system’s history, and our own. Here’s how to spot its craters and more, with Abigail Beall



Space



9 October 2019

By Abigail Beall

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What you need

Binoculars


THE moon is our closest celestial neighbour. It is just 385,000 kilometres away, which means it is easy to see surface features using binoculars, and so get a glimpse into its history – and our own.

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Unlike Earth, the moon has almost no atmosphere. This means there is nothing to slow down or burn up incoming rocks and dust, so everything hits the surface. You would never see a shooting star from the surface of the moon.

And because the moon isn’t geologically active, the …

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