Observing the Moon

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Use this Moon Map Guide to help learners identify features on the Moon, while looking through a telescope. Learners will gain understanding of the Moon's light and dark areas and how lunar craters were formed. They will also find out where the astronauts landed and what fills the "seas." The PDF contains step-by-step instructions and a printable map.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Skywatcher’s Guide to the Moon (in PDF)
  • Telescope


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
    • Solar System
      • The Moon
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and History

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity


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  • see
  • read


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  • Free access