Glenn Chaple's observing basics: Lunar spectacular
March 2006: This month presents favorable conditions for observing a lunar smile.
Have you ever gazed in spellbound silence at an aurora, admired the spangled beauty of the Pleiades, or pondered the mystical blue-green glow of a planetary nebula? By whatever means unaided eyes, binoculars, or a telescope a visual stroll through the night sky brings you face-to-face with some strange and amazing sights. It's easy to feel like Alice adrift in a cosmic Wonderland, particularly when you encounter the Cheshire-cat grin of a crescent Moon.