International Observe the Moon Night was hosted at Western University for the seventh year in collaboration with Canadian Lunar Research Network, Western’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (London Chapter).
The event, which is a one of is kind event led by NASA dedicated to encourage observation, appreciation and understanding of our Moon, was hosted at the university on October 8 from 5 to 10 p.m. During the event, visitors were able to observe the Moon using a number of telescopes including Cronyn’s 10-inch main telescope. Also on display were lunar and Martian rocks, as well as other meteorites for visitors to see.
Catherine Neish, an Associate Professor in Western’s Department of Earth Sciences, gave a public talk on moons while Phil Stooke, an Associate Professor in Western’s Department of Geography, presented a talk on the Apollo space missions. There was also an hands-on eclipse, moon phases and impact cratering activities and arts and crafts for children too.
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)
While those in the area were able to visit the event, not everyone is lucky enough to be in vicinity of a university that hosts such events. However, that doesn’t stop those interested in knowing more about the Moon. That’s the aim of InOMN – to get people to learn more about our Moon no matter where they are. The program was launched in 2010 and is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).
Those interested in knowing more about our Moon can resort to the plethora of resources offered by both InMON and NASA. There is the official website and the Twitter handle that keeps you updated with all the information about the Moon.