Crater Sunday

THE CRATERS OF APOLLO 11: 50 years ago, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were hurtling toward the Sea of Tranquility, preparing themselves for the first Moon landing. With memories of Apollo 11 on his mind, Australian amateur astronomer Dennis Simmons turned his telescope toward their landing site last night, and this is what he saw:

“I managed to pinpoint and image the craterlets Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins located in Mare Tranquillitatis, using my 201mm diameter telescope from my back yard in Brisbane,” says Simmons.

These three craters were named after the astronauts following the successful Apollo 11 mission. They’re all small, with diameters of 4.6 kilometers (Armstrong), 3.4 km (Aldrin) and 2.4 km (Collins). Amateur astronomers often use the craters as guides to find the landing site itself by “triangulating” it with, say, Armstrong and Aldrin.

“Was it really 50 years ago when I watched this stupendous achievement of my neighbor’s B&W TV in the early hours of the morning…?” marvels Simmons. “What a moment in history.”


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10 Responses to Crater Sunday

  1. Micki says:

    It’s fake news. Lunar landing? Prove it. 😉

    And, I was married to Dave Matthews….just ask Den!


  2. Micki says:


    How’d the wedding festivities go? I hope Jill and Brian built a fabulous memory!

    Cooler today?


  3. Micki says:

    THIS is quite a story!!!!


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Several butterflies and other small flyers. Just 31 minutes to the Old Post Office in the 31 °C heat.


    • David B. Benson says:

      A crow flying south over North Grand Avenue. The DIY used car lot is almost out of cars. Just 74 minutes to start the week.


  5. Micki says:

    In the name of bigger profits…it’s everywhere!


  6. Den says:

    I better clean up my life, don’t think I’ll like Hell much:


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