Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: moon launch, moon photos, Thunder Moon and a moonshot app
Where were you 50 years ago today?
If you're Bob King, you were combining your passions for astronomy and photography by taking pictures of the black-and-white television coverage of the Apollo 11 launch.
Everything you need to know about the 50th anniversary and more in this conversation from this morning - and the links below!
What are your Apollo 11 memories? Read and share some on this NASA site.
Finally, if you want to experience the Apollo 11 mission in "augmented reality," you can check out the JFK Moonshot ap, immersing "users into 1969 with a full-scale recreation of the Saturn V rocket and a 5-day real-time tracking simulation of the mission and moon landing."
We've got a full moon to celebrate all things lunar this week. If you're interested in trying out Bob's suggestions for photographing the moon, here's when to find moonrise. You've got about 15 minutes after the moon appears for your best chance at a good photograph.
One of the traditional nicknames for the full moon in July is the Thunder Moon ... you can learn more in this post from Astro Bob's blog.