By BJ Alaniz submitted
Saturday, November 16 brought cloudy skies to the area in San Diego but inside the Duval County-San Diego Public Library it was a Full Snow Moon Venture Night for patrons.
The night journey began with member Karen Martin from the Corpus Christi Astronomical Society sharing handouts that included Lunar Landmarks, NASA Apollo Landing Sites, monthly lunar shapes and names of moon phases. All were new tools for patrons to navigate the evening’s expedition as well as taking home magazines on Astronomy.
Astronomy member, Joey Martin assisted in the power point presentation and physics professor Galina Reid guided the excursion further with comparisons of other planets with multiple moon and those of Earths’ one moon. Lunar maps of craters and mares (Marias) seas were viewed and characteristics to distinguish one from another gained clarity as did some history on how some were created.
The many facts of first landing of man on the moon, July 20, 1969 of Apollo 11 are well known but Ron Randolf recounted on some landing alarms that astronauts faced to safely land on the moon. One concern was on the automated landing site which when reaching the designated area, astronauts felt risky and manually maneuvered the module landing to a safer area. Randolf shared several facts on the landing, events and time astronauts spent on the surface of the moon.
Charolette and Bob Moncrief had a wonderful surprise for younger members attending the Saturday Lunar Event. A photo taken of the moon by Bob Moncrief was enlarged and cut into sections; by using landmarks of lunar craters and mares (seas), young astronomers worked together by shifting several photos of the moon to finally have a large image of moon next to a full smaller and true image taken of the moon.
The Duval County-San Diego Public Library and patrons attending events have been fortunate to have had three Astronomy Programs in 2013 with gratitude and appreciation from the county library to each of the Corpus Christi Astronomical Society members from Corpus Christi, Texas. Each exciting program for all attending brought evenings to spark on more enthusiasm on Astronomy and to look up and keep gazing at the night skies.