Moon Impact in 29 hours

When I had heard about the NASA mission to crash a spacecraft into the surface of the moon, I had decided there and then to do everything possible to try and witness the event through my telescope.

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However, after checking the Moon’s position using Sky6 for  that time period I soon found out that the Moon will not be visible over Sydney when impact occurs on the Moon’s surface.

And even if it was visible, going on our latest weather there would probably be a cloud sitting between us and the moon….even a small cloud if the entire sky was clear.

But there is a solution……

NASA will be telescasting live coverage of the event and streaming it over the Internet….. and this will include a live feed from the spacecraft itself.

This is like having ring side seats. We may also have coverage from the 88 inch telescope at Mauna Kea. Well I am going to be watching this for sure.

To see the details of the footage and access the mission countdown clock, go to

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Updated link : 10:07 pm

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

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There will also be a post-impact news conference telecast here two and half hours after impact.

Can’t wait to see this.

A little exercise for Sydney astronomers. See if you can take a picture of the impact site on the Moon ahead of time and then take one after the impact to see any difference in the pictures.

The impact site site has changed now with the target crater moving from Cabeus A to the new target of Cabeus (proper) which is visible from Earth.

See if you can find it and take pictures of it.    Oh… I should mention….. the graphic I did above does not pinpoint the Cabeus crater.

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~ by sydneystargazers on October 8, 2009.

One Response to “Moon Impact in 29 hours”

  1. Yep, I thought it would be perfect for us in Sydney as it will happen at 10:30pm local time. But then I looked at the rising time for the moon and realised we’d be out of luck :(.

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