Statewide Star Party and Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration: 1969 – 2019

November 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oxbow Park
5731 County Rd 105 NW
Byron, MN 55920

Picture this: Thousands of Minnesotans at sites across the state observing the Moon and engaging in hands-on astronomy activities all at the same time. The Bell Museum invites you to participate in Minnesota’s first Statewide Star Party during the weekend of Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11. The Rochester Astronomy Club is hosting the area Star Party as part of this celebration

Apollo 11 landed on the Moon 50 years ago, and we are going to commemorate this event by observing Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon in the smooth terrain of the Sea of Tranquility, close to crater Theophilus(next to Cyrillus). Moon is rising at 4 PM and transits at 10:12 PM, so we should be able to see Moon with all Apollo landing sites, and we can observe other wonders of the sky as well.


  • Presentation about Apollo 11
  • Observing of the 12.4 days old Moon, two days before Full Moon, 94% already illuminated, planets Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, bright stars, double stars, and more by telescope with guidance members of the Rochester Astronomy Club.


Moon on evening November 9, 2019

corner corner Gartner Hercules Atlas Frascatorius Theophilus Langrenus Mare Tranqullitatis Mare Fecunditatis Mare Nectaris Mare Crisium

Moon to observe during event 2019/11/9 (11/9 23:00 UT)
Credit: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

Apollo landing sites. Credit: SVS NASA
The waxing crescent Moon as it appeared from Earth on July 20, 1969. The blue dot marks the site of the Apollo 11 landing in Mare Tranquillitatis, where it was early morning. Credit: SVS NASA
Apollo 11 landing site. Credit: ACT & NASA


Sky & Telescope: How to see all six Apollo Moon landing sites

Map: Arizona State University Lunar Map based on image data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera.

Scientific Visualization Studio NASA:

Night Sky Network: Webinar Earthrise: The 50th Anniversary, on Youtube

Reuters: Man on the Moon