The local event, organized by the Planetary Science Institute, is open to the public and will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 6 on the University of Arizona Mall and at the UA’s Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium.
“This event is an exciting opportunity to learn about lunar exploration from some amazing local scientists,” said Sanlyn Buxner, PSI Education Specialist and Research Scientist and event organizer. “There will be engaging activities for the whole family both on the mall and inside the science center, and some great views of the skies through various telescopes.”
PSI Senior Scientist William Hartmann will give a free presentation on the Moon at 6:15 p.m. in the planetarium theater.
Free lunar telescope viewing on the Mall will be offered, with telescopes provided by the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA), the UA Astronomy Club, the Planetary Science Institute, UA Department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies and UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Flandrau’s 16-inch Cassegrain telescope will also be available for free public viewing of the Moon.
There will be hands-on activities inside Flandrau provided by the UA student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, LPL graduate students, National Optical Astronomy Observatory and TAAA.
Free event parking is offered at the Second Street Garage and Cherry Street Garage.