Webcast set up for LCROSS crash

When the upper stage of the Centaur rocket that launched NASA’s LCROSS probe strikes the Moon at 12:31pm on Friday, conditions will not be good for UK based observations. Firstly, it is midday, secondly even at night a telescope of aperture ten inches or more will be required even if it was night and thirdly the Moon will only be ten degrees above the horizon, making difficult observations even harder as the greater amount of atmosphere between us and the Moon at this angle will further dim the cloud of debris. However, help is at hand in the form of a double webcast from the SLOOH website. Two telescopes will be fitted with webcams in order to increase the chances of a cloud free shot.


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