Torbay Astronomical Society will be capturing live images of the Moon, projecting them for audiences at Torre Abbey to see up close. If clear, the Moon is well positioned out over Tor Bay (eastward) throughout all three evenings. if skies are cloudy, they will be linking real-time with the robotic SLOOH telescopes in the Canary islands.
The Moon's average orbital distance is 384,402 km or 1.28 light-seconds - about thirty times the diameter of Earth. The Moon's apparent size in the sky is almost the same as that of the Sun, since the star is about 400 times the lunar distance and diameter.
Find the Live Moon Capture at Torre Abbey from 6pm.
You can also join Torbay Astronomical Society members with telescopes seeking out planets visible in the night sky along Torquay Seafront towards Corbyn Head between 4pm and 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday, when the ‘Bright Planets’ Jupiter, Saturn and Venus should be visible in the south-western sky. On a clear night, several other objects (e.g. Andromeda Galaxy) may also be visible through the telescopes throughout the evening.
Thanks to TAS member Keith Ball for his fantastic image of the Moon shown here.
Suitable for all.
No booking necessary.
Telescopes will be set up on Torre Abbey Grounds for best viewing position of the Moon. Where possible this will be on fully accessible hard surfaces for full access. Projections are accessible for all.