See the moon’s ‘Golden Handle’ shine on Saturday

Look up at the waxing gibbous with a pair of binoculars or a small telescope on Saturday (July 9) and enjoy the surface light effect known as the “Golden Handle”.

This interesting lunar feature appears when “low-angled sunlight strikes the prominent Montes Jura mountain range” in the lunar northwest, writes geophysicist Chris Vaughan, an amateur astronomer with SkySafari Software who oversees Space.com’s night sky calendar.

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