50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Library Event:  Saturday, July 20th, 2019 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Join us for lemonade and cookies.

The astronomer from Darien O’Brien Astronomy Club  giving the presentation is Charles O’Brien (age 20, Junior this summer at the Colorado School of Mines studying Mechanical Engineering and also an intern at Lockheed Martin Aerospace). Charles is also President of the Colorado School of Mines Astronomy Club (which has 360 members). Charles plans to have a PowerPoint presentation combined with a scale Lego model Saturn V rocket that he assembled, Moon globe(s) and materials from the Night Sky Network’s toolkits about the Moon.

  The astronomy club is speaking with NASA about the possibility of obtaining actual Moon rock(s) to have for the attendees to view.   They’ve also requested for any specific educational outreach items /handout materials  to share with the attendees and/or to distribute. We will know more  about this. We checked and the Moon will have already set on Saturday, July 20, 2019 (at 9:14 a.m. MDT) so, sadly, it will NOT be visible in the afternoon of the presentation for telescope observations. It rises at 10:52 p.m. MDT on July 20, 2019. For your information, a full Moon will occur at 3:38 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 but will also not be visible in the afternoon because it sets at 5:25 a.m. MDT.

The club would like you to know that the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 7:32 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, July 16, 1969 and landed on the Moon on Sunday, July 20, 1969 at 2:17 p.m. MDT. The Moon was visible in the afternoon sky on the day Apollo 11 landed!

Saturn V Rocket and Umblical Tower
Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

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