Lunar Phase Visualization Tool

LPVT is a web app created with a thought of providing an accurate representation of the Moon as seen from Earth at a specified time in the near past or future. All the pictures are digital renderings based on the publicly available Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter albedo and altimetry data. Thanks to the accuracy of the satellite measurements, it's possible to generate photo-realistic images which simulate the distribution of shadows and lit up areas on the lunar surface and the orientation of the lunar disk as seen from our planet. This can prove useful in planning observations of several elusive lunar features, such as certain short-lived shadow arrangements or far-side regions occasionally visible at an oblique angle across the edge of the lunar disk.

In addition to the renderings, LPVT provides the following lunar ephemerides:

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