Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration

July 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – July 21, 2019 @ 12:00 am
Oxbow Park and Zoo
5731 County Rd 105 NW
Byron, MN 55920

Canceled due to flooding in Oxbow Park!


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 after 11 PM, so we are going to observe other wonders of the sky before.


  • Presentation about Apollo 11
  • Observing of the 18 days 10 hours old Moon – 4 days after Full Moon, planets Jupiter and Saturn, dwarf planet Ceres, bright stars, double stars, and more by telescope with guidance members of the Rochester Astronomy Club.


Moon on evening July 20, 2019

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

Moon to observe during event 2019/7/20 (7/21 05:00 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