Courtesy of NASA

Courtesy of NASA

According to the folks at Wired Science tomorrow at 7:31 EDT one of NASA’s satellites will launch a rocket into the surface of the moon. The really cool thing about it is that we’ll be able to watch. The rocket is equipped with a camera and it will be traveling at 1.55 miles per second. The plume of debris that the crash creates is supposed to be visible with amateur telescopes.

NASA has a site that will tell you where there are public viewings. The closest one to us is in New York State.

Hirsch Observatory
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180
www.rpi.edu/dept/phys/observatory/
Event starts at 6:30 a.m. EDT. We will attempt imaging the event with the Hirsch Observatory’s 16″ telescope and live video feeds from NASA and major observatories will be presented. Event is weather permitting. In the event of clouds the event will be canceled. You can email astro@union.rpi.edu for more information. The observatory phone number is 518-276-6090.

For those of us that don’t feel the event is worthy of getting in your car and driving to a public event, you can watch the event on NASA TV from the comfort of your own computer. Here’s the link.

For those of you up early the coverage starts at 6:15 a.m. EDT.

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