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A view of the Moon from the Leighton observatory on Wednesday 28th October 2009

That Night the area that attracted much attention and comment was that of the Sirius Iridium, a particularily good view of a beautiful silvery sickle of light extending out of the terminator and into the blackness beyond, this is the curved wall of the Sirius Iridium known as the Jura mountains. At each end of the Jura mountains is a cape, the western cape is known as Heraclides the other cape is called Laplace. Under certain lighting conditions Cape Heraclides bears a stricking resemblance to a profile of a womans head along with long flowing hair, this apparition is known as ‘The Moon Maiden’. My first ever view of this strange lighting effect of cape Heraclides was from atop the museum in William Brown st using the society’s 5” Cook refractor round about 1979 when I believe Dr Eric Jones was observatory director.
John Knott


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Apennines by Ken Clark

Below some images from one of our junir members Chris Regan through the 12" Meade in the observatory on 21st Aprl 2010
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Michael C A Milnes Lunar Images