International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night

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International Observe the Moon Night
International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration, celestial observation, and our cultural and personal connections to the Moon. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe, learn about, and celebrate the Moon together – you’re invited to come to the observatory and see the moon (and other stuff) through many of our telescopes.
This year the event occurs in September, when the Moon is just past first quarter – a great phase for evening observing. Furthermore, the best lunar observing is typically along the Moon’s terminator (the line between night and day) where shadows are the longest, rather than at full Moon.
If the skies are clear, using social distancing and best practices, we’ll open the dome and use the observatory telescopes, to look at features on the 10 day old, 79% illuminated waxing gibbous moon.
The giant satellite has been Earth’s constant companion for an estimated 4.5 billion years and viewed by every human that’s ever walked the Earth. It’s one of the solar systems’ most remarkable objects and is quite likely a major reason that life even exists on our planet. The Moon is an incredible body that has fascinated and puzzled our ancestors from the very first time we looked up.
Don’t know your Mare from a Mons? Can’t tell a Sinus from a Vallis? A Crater from an Oceanus? Saturday night is the night to find out! We’ll be pointing out the Apollo landing sites as well as craters, the “oceans” of the Moon and features like the Straight Wall.

Tags: arts and entertainment, moon night, skies, telescopes, westport astronomical society

Event Details

Date: September 26, 2020
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Westport Astronomical Society
182 Bayberry Ln
Westport CT 06880

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Westport Astronomical Society
1 203-293-8759

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