There’s no need to put your telescope away during the full moon period every month — the moon has fascinating features that are easiest to see around that phase.

Whether you are enjoying the moon with the naked eye, or through binoculars or a telescope, apps like SkySafari 5 (inset) can help you find all the interesting features on our nearest celestial neighbor.

Serious astronomers tend to keep their telescopes indoors on nights when the moon is full. Its bright light floods the sky, overwhelming all but the brightest deep-sky objects. But the moon itself is a fascinating target. Although a full moon doesn’t have the dramatically shadowed terrain that partial phases do, some lunar features and phenomena are enhanced during full moons.

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