Virtual Star Party – Neil Armstrong Edition

Each week we hold a Virtual Star Party on Google+, where we connect multiple telescopes into a live Google+ Hangout and showcase the night sky. To commemorate the passing of Neil Armstrong, we focused our telescopes squarely on the Moon on Sunday, August 26th and revealed the Apollo 11 landing site.

We also turned up a beautiful view of Jupiter, Venus, the Ring Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, Veil Nebula, the North America Nebula, and many other deep sky objects. We had a total of 6 live telescopes including Gary Gonella, Mike Chasin, Stuart Forman, David Riley, Cory Schmitz, and John Kramer. And then we were joined by live color commentary by Amy Shira Teitel, Thad Szabo, Scott Lewis, and Emily Lakdawalla.

Want to watch the next Virtual Star Party live? Just follow Fraser Cain on Google+, and you’ll see when we post the next event.

Are you an astronomer with the ability to capture images from your telescope into your computer? We’d love to have you join us for this experiment in astronomy outreach. Just email me, and I’ll help you get started.

Fraser Cain

Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today. He's also the co-host of Astronomy Cast with Dr. Pamela Gay. Here's a link to my Mastodon account.

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