Radio Show: Apollo Anniversary and Moonwatching

Written by The Night Sky Guy on July 14, 2009 – 5:45 pm -

Coming up on my next CBC Radio One column tomorrow (Wednesday) we talk about the upcoming 40th anniversary and legacy of Apollo 11’s first human landing on the Moon. We will also chat about the plans in the works by different countries on returning to the Moon and how backyard skywatchers can best marvel at our closest celestial neighbour.

Tune in to the drive-home show between 3 pm and 6 pm on your city’s local CBC Radio One station.

Here are some resources that can help you further explore the Moon from your computer and backyard.

Below is a quick-and-dirty full disk map of the moon showing the locations of each Apollo landing site. You should be able to spot these with a pair of binoculars. Apollo 11’s site is easy to find even with the unaided eye as it is located on the rim of the Sea of Tranquility, which is one of the dark patches clearly visible on the Moon. This is a nice, easy viewing project you can do with the family.

Numbers represent Apollo missions

Numbers represent Apollo missions

More links:

printable naked-eye map of the Moon with facts

Moonwatching basics

Interactive digital Lunar Atlas

NASA’s Digital Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas

NASA website on humans returning to Moon

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