Articles | Volume 16, issue 6
Research article
24 Mar 2023
Research article |  | 24 Mar 2023

Earth observations from the Moon's surface: dependence on lunar libration

Nick Gorkavyi, Nickolay Krotkov, and Alexander Marshak

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The article discusses topical issues of the visible (libration) motion of the Earth in the sky of the Moon in a rectangle measuring 13.4° × 15.8°. On the one hand, the librations of the Moon make these observations difficult. On the other hand, they can be used as a natural scanning mechanism for cameras and spectroscopes mounted on a fixed platform on the surface of the Moon.