Highland Road Park Observatory

OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT

Saturday, 28 October from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Free and for all ages
Drinks. Refreshments. Binoculars recommended.

Our nearest celestial neighbor and constant companion has been visited by twelve human beings on six different occasions—and we’re going back! There’s nothing, however, to stop us from doing the next best thing right now. During this night of lunar excitement telescopes around the world will be pointed at our sole natural satellite. HRPO will showcase the best historical lunar imagery, fascinating displays describing fact-finding missions, Apollo landings, myths and little-known facts about the Moon. Telescope viewing will occur as usual, with the Moon taking precedence. Join us, and sketch the Moon while you’re here!

7:15 pm to 8:15 pm—DRAW THE MOON

Children will be guided in drawing the moon or its features in white pencils on black paper. They can base their drawing on their own observations or on our Moon globe.

7:30 pm to 8:00 pm = HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE VISIBLE PASS (+ TWO OTHER PASSES)

The Iridium satellites orbiting Earth sometimes reflect a great deal of sunlight over a short period of time. Iridium #41 may “flare” at this time. Immediately afterward, the Hubble Space Telescope soars past HRPO and that device may be seen as well! Please meet us at 8:00 pm sharp on the front viewing pad to have a chance to see these events.

7:45 pm to 10:00 pm = NEPTUNE♆ VIEWING

This farthest Solar System planet requires magnification. Test your binocular; is it good enough, or is a telescope needed? Neptune♆ will be shown with the 20OGS only if everyone in line has seen the Moon.

8:00 pm to 8:30 pm = BINOCULAR MOON TOUR

As it resides in Capricornus♑ the Sea Goat, the Moon will be the focus of several “investigators” as HRPO provides a tour that begins unaided then requires the use of a binocular. Bring yours!

8:15 pm to 10:00 pm = URANUS♅ VIEWING

This second-farthest Solar System planet requires magnification. Test your binocular; is it good enough, or is a telescope needed? Uranus♅ will be shown with the 20OGS only if everyone in line has seen the Moon.

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm = UNAIDED SKY TOUR

As the Moon sinks into the southwest BREC Education Curator Amy Brouillette will give a brief sky tour focusing on Fomalhaut, the Great Square of Pegasus and Cassiopeia.

“OBSERVING CHALLENGE” AND “FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION”

The Observing Challenge tasks HRPO patrons with finding ten lunar features on the Moon. For Your Consideration lists a series of brief, stand-alone exercises. The sheets associated with these tasks will be posted below soon.

RESOURCES:

NASA: Overview of Earth’s Moon
BRAS: Co-Founder Wally Pursell’s Moon Photos
NSSDC: The Apollo Missions
David Darling’s Encyclopedia: Ideas about Life on the Moon
ARRL: What is Moonbounce?

COSTS:

  • Admission = $0
  • Telescope Viewing = $0
  • Binocular Checkout = $0
  • Red Glow Sticks = $1.50
  • HRPO T-Shirts (various colors) = $6.25
  • Metal Earth model kits = $10.00 to $22.00
  • Space: 300 Fantastic Facts book = $16.50

[All costs are tax-included.]

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, September 21, 2017, 05:29 PM.