The Moon’s ‘Golden Handle’

Looking for a stellar view this weekend? You’re in luck! The “golden handle” will be visible in the northwest section of the Moon along the Terminator Line – the line dividing the light side of the moon and the dark side of the moon – on Saturday, July 9th.

The golden handle is a lunar light phenomenon that occurs when sunlight hits the Montes Jura Mountain Range at a low angle, causing the mountain range to glow in stunning detail. The effect makes for a great opportunity to view some significant mountain features that reach into the Sinus Iridum (or Bay of Rainbows), including the famous mermaid’s head in the west. Grab your telescope and/or binoculars this weekend and bask in the glow of these amazing lunar landscapes!

See the moon’s ‘Golden Handle’ shine on Saturday

Waxing moon with Golden Handle

Sinus Iridium stirs the imagination

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, July 8-16

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