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International Observe the Moon Night at The Wilderness Center

The Wilderness Center will be participating in International Observe the Moon Night!

It’s happening on Saturday, October 16, 2021, a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010.  One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to learn about lunar science and exploration, take part in lunar observations and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon.  International Observe the Moon Night is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission and the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, with many contributors.

International Observe the Moon Night occurs annually in September or October, when the Moon is near first quarter – a great phase for evening observing.  In addition, the first quarter Moon offers excellent viewing opportunities along the terminator (the line between day and night), where shadows enhance the Moon’s cratered landscape.

The Wilderness Center is participating in International Observe the Moon Night with many events leading up to it:

Explore the Moon – Online program about Moon geology with the TWC Astronomy Club President, Oct. 7th, 7pm.

Storytime: Moon Trip – for preschoolers, Oct 13th, 11am.

The First Steps Into the Future – Online program with Jeffrey Woytach, with the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center about returning astronauts to the Moon, Oct 16th, 2pm.

International Observe the Moon Night – The Wilderness Center’s observatory will be open with multiple telescopes aimed at the moon to show you a variety of views, weather permitting, Oct 16th, 7:30pm

Registration required for all events.  More details and registration at www.wildernesscenter.org.

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