Happy 47th birthday, Apollo 11! – 20 July 2016

The 20 July 2016 Full Moon, celebrating the 47 years since the Apollo 11 landing

The 20 July 2016 Full Moon, celebrating the 47 years since the Apollo 11 landing

On July 20, 1969, 20:18:04 UTC, the Apollo 11 lunar lander touched the Moon: for the first time, man was walking on another world. This event marked the human history.

Now, 47 years are gone from that epic effort, so at Virtual Telescope we wanted to celebrate this. On 20 July 2016, the Moon was full. We managed to capture it remotely, covering the full disc with a two-panes mosaic, with the PlaneWave 17″ robotic unit. We used a OIII filter to reduce the amazing brightness of the subject. The resulting image is well worth a look.

We marked the position where astronauts landed, so you can easily find the right place.

Happy Birthday, Apollo 11.

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