Virtual Atlas of the Moon
Authors and translators
Who is behind VMA ? Two astronomy passioned friends, each one in a special domain (The Moon for the first and astronomy computing and programming for the second) whose reunion has permitted the VMA realization.
This one is also provided to worlwide observers because of the help of numerous free translators that must be also thanked for their personal job.
Legrand (left) and Patrick Chevalley (right)
Conceiver of the "Virtual Moon Atlas", Christian Legrand is a passionated Moon observer, who has been impressed by Moon exploration.
In 1995, he had yet realized and edited a database about lunar formations with a managing software called " DB-LUNE " and illustrated with pictures of Etienne Lecoq.
In 2000, He wrote with Jean Lacroux " Discover the Moon", a beginner's guide soon published by Cambridge University Press, and now also published in german and spanish. This guide presents, as VMA, the lunar formations with their exact orientation in various instruments.
On 2006 January, he started the Blog "Images lunaires" that periodically presents the french translation of the site "Lunar Picture of the day" (LPOD) by Charles Wood.
Since 2007 March, he is also editor in the french magazine "Espace Magazine" and is in charge of the page "Lunar Tourism" that presents interesting lunar sites for observing.
About "Virtuel Moon Atlas", Christian Legrand is in
charge of :
Professionally, Christian Legrand is engineer in the french Ministry in charge of environment.
Born in 1953, he is married and father of two children. He lives in France in Normandy.
Patrick Chevalley is worldwide known for his excellent celestial cartography freeware" Sky Charts ". In fact, he begun to program this kind of software in 1984.
Without his knowledges in programing and his Web practice, "Virtual Moon Atlas" will not be born.
About "Virtual Moon Atlas", Patrick Chevalley has in
- Web site and forum managing
Born in 1958, he is married and father of two children.
Spanish : Juan Carlos Garrido Elvira, Jesús Piñeiro
German : Alexander Gruener and Eckhard Fischer
Italian : Giuliano Pinto and Marco Sellini
Russian : Andrei Trebler
Dutch : Huub Scheenen
Catalan : Antoni Clavell
Chinese : Li Zu qiang
Traditional chinese Big 5 : Jacky Liu
Traditional chines TW : Chuang_Siau_Chin
Rumanian : Sorin Marius
Portuguese : Hugo D. Valentim
Brazilian Portuguese : Odilon Simões Corrêa
Slovak : Hornak Maros
Polish : Karol Pankowski
Czech : David Senk
Croatian : Berislav Bracun
Dansk : Kristian Nielsen