This exercise will deal with the 28 outstanding women that have been honored with a named feature on the Moon by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the organization in charge of the nomenclature for celestial objects. (To read more about the IAU, click here.)
The purpose of this exercise is to introduce lunar coordinates. By learning about the coordinate system for the Moon, you will be able to find features, such as craters, with ease.
To demonstrate how easy maps are to use, this exercise will introduce 28 craters on the Moon, named for actual women, using a word find puzzle. The puzzle is laid out in a grid with letters and a coordinate system indicated north/south and east/west. You will be given the coordinates of the crater in longitude and latitude.
I hope you have as much fun doing this as I did putting it together. If you would like to send me your comments, please email me at email@example.com.
Just like on Earth, there are maps of the Moon which show where craters and other features are located. The most common Moon maps use a coordinate system of latitude (north and south) and longitude (east and west). Knowing the latitude and longitude for a particular place, or feature, makes it very easy to find. All you have to do is locate where the two points meet.
Maps, and coordinate systems for celestial objects like the Moon, are simply grids with invisible lines that go down and lines that go across. Each line has a number assigned to it. To learn more about maps and coordinate systems, check out this sites:
Maps are like a puzzle. The clues are the latitude and longitude. When you have these two clues, you can easily find them on the map.
Using the information from your completed puzzle map, plot the approximate
location of the 28 craters on the map of the Moon. Be sure to label each crater.
Answer the 10 questions located here.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how you did. I'm still beta-testing this, so your comments are greatly appreciated.