Click the tartan to view its entry in The Scottish Registers of Tartans which includes registration details, restrictions, and registrant information.

 

Unregistered tartans may link to one of the web's online design environments for similar information.

 

For any questions about reproduction of designs or weaving of these tartans, please contact the registrant directly or via this website.

Moon Day

"The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbour quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees."

~Robert Louis Stevenson, The Moon, 1885

July 20th marks the 1969 landing and moon walk made by Neil Armstrong and crew of the Apollo 11! This tartan was designed to celebrate robotic and human science, exploration and outreach activities associated with the Moon or other airless bodies including asteroids, comets, Kuiper Belt Objects or other objects. The tartan colours represent the following: The grey background represents the minerals and rocks on airless bodies. The bold white line represents ice or salt deposits on some bodies, for example, icy comets or ice in the permanently shadowed craters of the Moon. The black line represents organic materials on comets, in lunar polar craters and other bodies. The green line represents life eventually established on these bodies in the form of human exploration and settlement. The silver line represents the future technological transformation of some of these bodies by human settlement and industry. There are several craters of the moon named after Scottish scientists! There is even an asteroid named for Scottish author Iain Banks. Ironically, should moongazing be on your list for tonight, the phase of the moon on this day is that of a New Moon (though this provides a better opportunity to look for comet NEOWISE, a retrograde comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020, during the mission of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer space telescope)! πŸŒ‘ β˜„οΈ

Jul 20

Moon and Airless Bodies
Show More
Craters on the Moon
Korolev crater 1038
Show More

Today, July 20, commemorates  the 1969 moon landing and moon walk!


Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC.

​

This tartan was designed on behalf of Charles Cockell, Professor of Astrobiology, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh to celebrate robotic and human science, exploration and outreach activities associated with the Moon or other airless bodies including asteroids, comets, Kuiper Belt Objects or other objects.

 

The tartan colours represent the following:  The grey background represents the minerals and rocks on airless bodies. The bold white line represents ice or salt deposits on some bodies, for example, icy comets or ice in the permanently shadowed craters of the Moon. The black line represents organic materials on comets, in lunar polar craters and other bodies. The green line represents life eventually established on these bodies in the form of human exploration and settlement. The silver line represents the future technological transformation of some of these bodies by human settlement and industry.

​

Many features of the moon are named after famous individuals.  Amongst others, several craters of the moon are named after Scottish scientists:  

​

  • The Neper crater is named after the Scottish mathematician, physicist, astronomer and astrologer John Napier.

  • The Mee crater is named after the 19th-century Scottish astronomer Arthur Butler Phillips Mee.

  • The Brewster crater is named after the Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster.

  • The Maxwell crater is named after the Scottish mathematical physicist James Clerk Maxwell.

​

For a comprehensive list of people with craters of the moon named after them, click the moon!