Moon photos by Katie

One of our Facebook fans, Katie Schmidt, kindly submitted some nice photos of the Moon to share with the Name A Star Live community!  We’re sharing these images with our followers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+.

Consider sharing your photos as well!  Maybe a photo of the Moon rising over the horizon.  Or a photo of the stars you took on a family vacation.  Or if you’re really into astronomy, a photo you took through a telescope!  Just send your photo(s) along to us at  If we like them, we’ll share them too!

Here are Katie’s Moon photos:

Moon background
What a creative use of the Moon!


Full moon
The full Moon. Those big, dark areas are the “maria” — the “seas” — of the Moon.


Waxing gibbous moon
This photo shows a “waxing gibbous Moon,” which means the Moon is past First Quarter and is approaching Full Moon.


Apollo 11 landing site
Here, we’ve taken the liberty of highlighting the Apollo 11 landing site on Katie’s photo of the waxing gibbous Moon.  The “Sea of Tranquility” is the dark area just above, and to the right of the yellow circle.

Did you know you can use the Moon to help identify Name A Star Live constellations (areas of the night sky) like Aries, Taurus and Sagittarius?  Follow us on Twitter where we Tweet what constellation the Moon is in each evening.  (Note that during certain times of the month, the Moon will not appear during the evening hours, and so we do not Tweet info about the Moon at those times of the month.)

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