Posts Tagged ‘moon’

Le Voyage dans la Lune

September 1, 2011

On this day in 1902, Star Films released Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) which is an adaptation of Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and H.G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon. This film, directed by Georges Melies, is recognised as one of the first science fiction films to be made.

Total Lunar Eclipse

June 16, 2011

Yesterday evening saw a Total Lunar Eclipse that could be seen from Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Australia. Hopefully you were lucky enough to see it but if like me your view was obscured by cloud check out these views of it online

and more about why they occur here



July 24, 2009

Rounding off this week of Moon-related anniversaries, here is an interesting site that was suggested to us by one of our colleagues in the Library:

Using specialist photography equipment and software, the images of the moon were taken in Sir Patrick Moore’s garden and the resulting mosaic has been entered into the Guinness Book of Records.

Walking on the Moon

July 21, 2009

Forty years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to step onto the lunar surface. Here’s a collection of video clips, pictures and articles from the BBC:

The University of Portsmouth Library also hasĀ a display on the Ground Floor of books and DVDs of the moon and lunar exploration.

If you feel inspired by this then why not try some moonwalking of your own? Here’s a step-by-step guide:,8599,1907320,00.html

The Eagle Has Landed

July 20, 2009

Now, unless you’ve not been watching TV, listening to the radio or reading the newspapers or you’ve been living in a cave, you will know that today is the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Forty years ago today the lunar module, known as ‘the Eagle’ touched down on the moon and here is NASA’s Apollo 11 page here:

And here’s some footage of it happening:

Moon landing simulator

July 16, 2009

Today is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. So, technically, we should be linking to a launch simulator. Instead, here’s a moon landing simulator based upon a 1979 arcade game by Atari.

Those with a more serious interest might want to visit the NASA site.


International Year of Astronomy

January 20, 2009

For those who missed the launch in Paris last Thursday, this year is the International Year of Astronomy celebrating 400 years since Thomas Harriot beat Galileo to view the moon through a telescope.

And details of the IYA event being held at Syon House in July.

News of Harriot’s moon maps here:


January 6, 2009

Christmas Eve 2008 saw the fortieth anniversary of the first Earthrise witnessed by astronauts on the Apollo 8 Mission. Here you can view archive footage of Earthrise:

For a closer look at the pictures have a look at the Apollo 8 Flight Journal from the NASA website:

Man in the Moon

September 24, 2008

Yesterday we recommended an application that put the whole universe on your computer. Today we’re focusing are virtual telescope at our Moon.

Here you’ll find a collection of lunar maps and charts that tell the story of the Apollo moon landings. This site really brings the moon landings to life.