Transient lunar phenomena (TLP) are short-lived changes in appearance on the surface of the Moon. They have been seen by astronomers for centuries and in the last 100 years large numbers have been observed on the near side of the Moon. The most recent report by NASA into these phenomena lists more than 1,500 such events.
TLP come in many forms, for example, eruptions and gas jets, dust clouds, and flashing coloured lights. Some have also reported seeing halos and movements of large domes or other gigantic structures.
At the beginning of the year, a letter appeared on social networks inviting people to observe these transient phenomena specifically in the Gassendi, Aristarchus, Tycho, Copernicus, Plato and Goclenius craters.
To better understand TLP we have decided to launch a contest in the hope that those with an interest in amateur astrophotography will take amazing films and send them to us. The best pictures will be rewarded 1000 Swiss Francs (approx 1000 USD).
Please request conditions and send the images to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is 1st November 2018. The winner will be announced in Geneva on 11 November 2018.
Thank you and good shooting!