Houston, Tranquillity Base Here. The Eagle Has Landed.

Houston, Tranquillity Base Here. The Eagle Has Landed.

Friday 19th July 2019 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm

James Irwin Observatory
Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury, CT2 8JY

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this fantastic achievement by three brave astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, Mid-Kent Astronomical Society (MKAS) in association with Canterbury Academy and The STEM Hub will be opening the James Irwin Observatory from 7:00pm – 10:00pm on Friday 19 July.

There will be two showings of a special Apollo 11 presentation by Professor David Rees, a guided tour of the James Irwin Observatory and a special MKAS display about space and our solar system, including the MKAS Space Timeline.

The talks and the exhibition will be fully accessible although unfortunately, only the more able bodied will be able to climb the steep stairs to the top floor of the observatory where the large telescope is housed. There will be two, ground based telescopes available to look through. One will be even larger than the J I Observatory telescope.

This is an opportunity for members of the public to learn some of the background to the Space Race to put a man on the Moon, the Apollo 11 mission and the follow-on missions, up to the last manned mission to the Moon, Apollo 17.

Please note that this event has already taken place on 19/07/2019


Event organiser

Mid-Kent Astronomical Society

Mid-Kent Astronomical Society is organising this event

Please contact Mid-Kent Astronomical Society directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.


Event booking

This event is free of charge however spaces for the presentations are limited and must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

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Event darkness

The Moon has a big impact on the visibility of celestial bodies in the night sky. Try to plan your stargazing when there is no bright Moon at night as this is when the skies will be at their darkest.

The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.



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