Estimating the Moon to Earth radius ratio with a smartphone, a telescope and an eclipse


Hugo Caerols, Felipe A. Asenjo
On January 20th, 2019, a total lunar eclipse was possible to be observed in Santiago, Chile. Using a smartphone attached to a telescope, photographs of the phenomenon were taken. With Earth’s shadow on those images, and using textbook geometry, a simple open-source software and analytical procedures, we were allowed to calculate the ratio between the radii of the Moon and the Earth. The results are in very good agreement with the correct value for such ratio. This shows the strength of the smartphone technology to get powerful astronomical results in a very simple way and in a very short amount of time.
Read more at https://arxiv.org/pdf/1907.08339.pdf

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