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Amateur astronomer looking at the full Moon.

Amateur astronomer looking at the full Moon.

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Amateur astronomy. Amateur astronomer looks at the rising full Moon through a telescope at dusk. The Moon does not produce its own light, but it can be seen because it reflects the light of the Sun. The dark areas, or 'seas', which can be seen on the Moon are the remains of ancient lava plains. The Moon's mass is unevenly distributed and Earth's gravity pulls the heavy parts more strongly than it does the light parts. This means that the Moon does not spin freely and the heavier half, with its familiar 'Man in the Moon' appearance, always faces towards us. Photographed in the desert near Lake Pleasant in Arizona, USA.

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