Even though the observatory floor is made of wood, I could feel the chill rising up through my boots....
I think it's time to put on some thicker socks.
Never mind, it was worth the discomfort to capture the gibbous Moon... :0)
Along the terminator last night Gassendi was most prominent. A friend once commented that Gassendi looked very much like a tortoise or maybe a turtle.
I prefer to use the alternative name for Gassendi A .... that being Clarkson.
Roland Clarkson (1889-1954) was a lunar astronomer from Suffolk UK.
Between 1906 and 1954 Roland spent may years dedicated to the pursuit of lunar observing and sketching.
Then in early 1954, in recognition of his many years of lunar study and sketching, the crater Gassendi A was renamed in his honour.
Unfortunately the International Astronomical Union has since removed the name of Clarkson as it was felt that he wasn't well known internationally....!!!!
What a load of nonsense...!!
I will continue to use the name "Clarkson' in memory of this most prolific of Moon mappers.... :0)
Clear Lunar Skies