Excitement Abounds!

This Friday the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will plunge into the moon resulting in a fireworks show like none other. Yes, Nasa is plunging testing equipment into a permanently shadowed crater at the moon’s south pole.

The projected impact at the lunar south pole is 4:30am PDT. This is not promising for us CT folks. By 7:30 the sun is definitely rising and will greatly reduce the potential of seeing the impact.

Nasa’s overview reports:

Following four minutes behind, the shepherding spacecraft will fly through the debris plume, collecting and relaying data back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface and creating a second debris plume.

So where’s it going down? In the tiny red dot at the bottom of the moon.


Now, my telescope is decent… but it’s not epic. It’s an 8 inch schmidt cassegrain by Celestron. And my best eye-piece… it’s a little foggy. Over at this Nasa page there’s a list of what your telescope will be capable of seeing… and it looks like the event size will be 0.15-0.48% of my viewing field. That’s tiny. The additional brightness of 7:30am is also a bummer.

Either way, keep your fingers Lcrossed* for good weather.


4 thoughts on “Excitement Abounds!

  • 10/6/2009 at 10:25 am

    Come on guys! “keep your fingers LCrossed”?!? GENIUS.

  • 10/8/2009 at 8:13 pm

    I saw the headline and said whhhattt?? then I saw the story and said oh….more money waisted…damn

  • 10/9/2009 at 8:52 am

    What’s the report, could you see anything? It was kind of cloudy up here in RI, clearer skies in CT?


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