Observatory

 Lunar Impact Event

On Friday, October 9, 2009, at approximately 6:30 am CST, the NASA Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) impacted a crater near the southern pole of the Moon.  It sent up a plume of dust above the lunar surface, a plume that NASA searched for signs of water ice.  More information on this can be found at the NASA page www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/impact/event_index.html .The NIU Davis Observatory hosted an event from 5:00am to 7:00am on October 9 to attempt to view the dust plume resulting from the impact. For more information or for directions to the observatory, please e-mail observatory@niu.edu, call 753-1305 or go to www.niu.edu/physics/observatory