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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Oct 6, 2009 3:10:25 GMT -6
Adler to attempt to observe the LCROSS impact LIVE
NASA has sent two space crafts to the Moon to study various aspects for future lunar manned mission.
One craft, the LRO, is taking high resolution images, and we finally got pictures back of the Apollo landing sites...realy cool.
The second craft, the LCROSS, will intentionally slam unto the lunar surface to search for water. When the booster that is carrying it hits, it will send up a plume of lunar material that might be visible through earthbound telescopes.
The Centaur Booster rocket will impact at Cabius A crater, with the LCROSS craft following soon after. Perhaps the impact will be large enough to visually observe the flash and resulting dust plume.
The Adler will follow along on this mission and attempt to view the impact action live on - Friday, the 9th of October, at 6:00 am. Using our 20 inch reflecting telescope in the observatory, the scope will be fitted with a vid camera and image shown on a monitor that all may observe.
If you would like to attend this rare event, you must register...now.