More anti-spam security updates to guestbook, and phase calculator adapted for southern hemisphere.
Anti-spam security updates to guestbook.
The 2004 calendar and diary are released.
Lunar Image of the Month brought up to date. Images have now been selected and permissions sought to cover to the end of 2006. There are some excellent pictures in the pipeline!
News section redesigned and extended.
Lunar diary modified to work better across years.
A new article on the Harvest Moon added to the nightly tours. The 2003 calendar and diary are also released, later than usual due to software problems!
Q&A section of Cyclopedia Selenica is overhauled and divided into subject categories for ease of use.
New material and imagery added to Selene and Euterpe, the poetry section of Cyclopedia Selenica.
Feature on Project Apollo, with interactive panoramic images of the lunar surface, added to Cyclopedia Selenica.
New maps added to Selenographia: bright features, meteorite impacts and transient lunar phenomena locations.
Three interactive quizzes have been added to the "serendipity" section of Cyclopedia Selenica.
Selenographia, the Inconstant Moon Atlas, is finally launched after 10 months of development. The 2002 calendar and diary are also released.
More than three quarters of the photo images for the Selenographia lunar atlas have now been completed, and launch is still on target for autumn.
An interactive Lunar Poll has been added. The whole site has been given a thorough cleanup in readiness for Selenographia.
Although the calendars are created by hand, the switchover at the beginning of each month is now automated. A new Cyclopedia section on Lunar Exploration has been added.
Cylindrical projection maps have been added to the maps section of Cyclopedia Selenica. New illustrated articles have been added, one comparing our moon to others in the solar system, another using animation to show how the Moon changes its appearance over a month, and a third discussing the meanings and origins of the term "Blue Moon".
Within Cyclopedia Selenica, the news section has been greatly extended and linked to more permanent sources, the maps section has been extended to include more detailed Ranger, Surveyor and Luna landings, illustrations have been added to the eclipse feature, and new poetry has been added to Selene and Euterpe. The first photo images have been completed for the forthcoming lunar atlas section.
Launch Pad is added as a quick way of accessing some of the key areas of the site. It also includes a site tour to help visitors explore IM's 400+ pages. Finally, a new Cyclopedia section - Tool Box - includes a phase calculator, a distance converter and a site search engine.
The maps have been totally overhauled and several new ones added. All browsers can now use the map overlay feature. Work has begun on a new long-term project - a lunar atlas.
IM moves from being split across two servers to one powerful new server. Our apologies to anyone who experiences disruption while the links are sorted out. As part of the move, the guestbook has been replaced with a dedicated IM one.
Diary added, showing precise times of principal phases and details of eclipses and other lunar events.
The annual development of new calendars takes IM into its 5th year!.
The IM Bookstore is given a thorough revision and expanded by more than 50%.
Moon Memory Game added to the Cyclopedia Selenica.
Q&A section given a facelift and together with a push to clear the question backlog.
The site's image is given an overhaul - titles, colour schemes and some graphics are enhanced, including the front page.
The "service" pages (site map, awards, index etc.) are checked over and brought up to date.
"Lunar Image of the Month" restructured. Images have currently been selected for every month until October.
New calendars developed for 2000, linking to the tours for each night, with special tours for eclipse dates.
A collection of Moon-inspired poetry added, with the hopefully poetic title Selene & Euterpe (ancient Greek goddesses of the Moon and muse of poetry respectively).
On the 7th IM was a finalist in the Yell UK Web Awards 1999. Sadly we didn't win, but it was an exciting day. Thank you to everyone who wrote to wish us well!
More sections added to Cyclopedia Selenica, including recent news bulletins and Lunar Image of the Month.
Cyclopedia Selenica - Inconstant Moon's new reference zone - is launched. Initially it includes detailed articles on eclipses, lunar links, maps, an online bookstore and lunar data and trivia.
IM gets its own registered domain: www.inconstantmoon.com.
Enhancements made to the calendar and musical programmes. Inconstant Moon featured in Astronomy magazine's "The Webweaver Picks".
A further 45 images added, by Antonio Cidadao, Fred Espenak, Morio Higashida and Patrice Poyet - more than doubling the number of illustrations. Each image is linked to additional information about the feature.
Minor updates only... a major upgrade is in progress and should be ready by next month.
Site Map & What's New pages added.
New calendars developed for 1999, linking to the tours for each night, with special tours for eclipse dates and blue moons. Inconstant Moon featured in Astronomy Now magazine's "Internet Site of the Month".
More lunar images from Thierry Legault added.
Moon-related music expanded from three tracks to nearly thirty, arranged in five streaming programmes: no-one said science can't be fun too!
Tour backgrounds and images recoloured, graduating from purple of sunset for young Moon through darkening blues to midnight black of full Moon and back to sunrise purple for old Moon. New front page developed - some search engines do not cope well with frames.
Maps added. The Internet Explorer versions use text overlays on a fixed image. Inconstant Moon receives its first award, from the tautologous but erudite and eloquent Site du Jour of the Day.
Images by Steve Massey and Richard Evans added.
First images added, from Thierry Legault & NASA. Web links section redesigned and greatly expanded.
Final nightly tour put in place. Catalog of features added with links to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Moon.
Site linked to the Web, to considerable surprise of author! Frantic work to complete sequence of nightly tours begins. Each tour is passed through four drafts.
Experimental website created - not linked to Internet, so viewing by invitation only.
Original concept devised, site and screen layouts designed, research and nearly 16,000 words of notes begun.