Apollo 11 Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary
- Frosty Drew Observatory
- Friday July 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m
- $5 Suggested Donation per person 5 years and older
Welcome to the Frosty Drew Observatory Summer Stargazing Nights! Every Friday night (weather permitting) we open our Observatory, Sky Theatre, and telescopes to the skies and offer free stargazing and astronomy to anybody interested in observing with us.
Tonight we will open around 6:00 p.m. with solar observing. Have you ever seen a sunspot or a solar prominence? How about the Sun’s turbulent chromosphere? Well this is your chance to catch an unforgettable view of our nearest star.
Once the Sun sets, views of the beautiful night sky over Ninigret Park will rock your night. Hang out with our astronomers and telescopes as we showcase the Rings of Saturn, the cratered lunar surface, the Galilean Moons of Jupiter, the polar ice caps of Mars, the phases of Venus, massive stars, speckled star clusters, vast nebulae, distant galaxies, and the best views of the Milky Way in Rhode Island. We stay open late, sometimes until dawn, and close when the skies become unobservable or everybody leaves. Be sure to subscribe to the (Frosty Drew Observatory mailing list, follow us on Twitter (@FrostyDrewOBSY) or on Facebook to receive status updates about our Summer Stargazing Nights program and more.
Tonight's event is themes for the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary, and will have numerous activities and displays about the Apollo mission.
In celebration of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary, we will launch our Apollo 11 Lunar Landing gallery in the Frosty Drew Science Center tonight. The gallery consists of photographs taken during the landing by astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, alongside photographs captured of the Apollo 11 site (Tranquility Base) by the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The gallery will be on display and run through the end of July.
Tonight we will also host NASA Solar System Ambassador, Frank Puglia. Frank is a fabulous presenter, who will be speaking in the Sky Theatre about the Moon and the Apollo mission. He will give his presentation numerous times throughout the night to allow everyone a chance to enjoy.
If you are looking for that awesome astronomy thing to do or just want a night out to experience the cosmos under the darkest skies in Rhode Island, then this is your chance.
Check out our page on Visiting Frosty Drew Observatory to learn more about what to expect at the Observatory and better help you prepare for your visit.
Please note that we do not allow any white lights on our campus from dusk - dawn. This is to ensure an equally awesome view of the night sky for all as well as to allow for the use of light sensitive astronomical equipment. Learn more about why we have this requirement in The Red Light District
To allow for visitors to freely explore all of the amazing experiences at Frosty Drew Observatory without having to wait in long lines, we have integrated a pass-based group access process that applies to only the large telescope inside the observatory dome. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with this process as part of your planning steps.
We will update this event with our weekly announcement on the day of the event. The announcement will describe our plans for the night and what to expect regarding weather and astronomical sights.