Parallax of the moon, experiment update

With Proof 45 I asked readers if they would help perform an experiment to measure the parallax of the moon, and so derive a figure for the radius of the Earth. The experiment was more demanding than when we used Eratosthenes’ method, requiring helpers to stay up for much of the night and take specific photos of the moon and stars. Unfortunately this meant that only two readers contacted me to help perform the experiment, which simply isn’t enough to do it successfully, given the vagaries of weather. (The planned day was rainy here so I couldn’t be a third observer.)

So we don’t have any results to report. I may try this experiment again some time in the future, but I’ll need a significantly higher response from readers if we’re to get it to work.