See What the Moon Will Look Like in All of 2014 in Just 5 Minutes

by Nancy Atkinson on December 9, 2013

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Here’s how the Moon will look to us on Earth during the entire year of 2014. Using data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio can project how the Moon will appear, and compresses one month into 24 seconds and a year to about 5 minutes. Above is the video where Celestial north is up, corresponding to the view from the northern hemisphere, and below is how the Moon will look from the southern hemisphere.

While the Moon always keeps the same face to us, it’s not exactly the same face. Because of the tilt in its axis and shape of its orbit, we see the Moon from slightly different angles over the course of a month, and the year. Normally, we don’t see how the Moon “wobbles” in its orbit, but seeing the Moon’s year this quickly, we can see the changes in libration, and axis tilt — as well as the most noticeable changes, the Moon’s phases.

Find out more at this SVS page, where you can also “Dial a Moon” — put in a specific date and see how the Moon will look on that day.

Universe Today also has a great app for your iPhone or Android that can also show you how the Moon will look any day in the past or present.

We also have a full list of the Moon phases and full Moon/New Moon dates here.

The Moon, via the Scientific Visualization Studio.

The Moon, via the Scientific Visualization Studio.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Efreet December 9, 2013 at 7:08 PM

ahhh luna… we’re so lucky to have you.

LaLa Gabriela December 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

That was awesome!

???? December 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

They missed eclipses :(

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