Tucson, Ariz. -- Southern Arizona sky gazers are invited to participate in International Observe the Moon Night Oct. 12.
The local event, organized by the Planetary Science Institute, will run from 7 to 10 p.m. on the University of Arizona Mall and the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. Activities are free and open to the public.
“This is a great opportunity for people to see the Moon, which will be in a gibbous phase, just past its first quarter, during the event,” said Sanlyn Buxner, PSI Education Specialist and Research Scientist and event organizer. “This free community event is a chance to talk to local scientists and educators, learn about current exploration of the Moon, and do some really fun hands-on activities.”
Telescope viewing provided the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and several University of Arizona organizations, including UA Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and the Lunar and Planetary Lab, will be available for close-up viewing of the Moon.
Indoor activities at Flandrau will include crater making, exploring Moon phases, art activities and more, and research scientists from the Planetary Science Institute will give free public talks on the Moon.
Free parking for Observe the Moon Night attendees will be available in the Cherry Street Garage and Second Street Garage.
The Planetary Science Institute is organizing the event in collaboration with UA’s Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, the UA Lunar and Planetary Lab, the UA Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, the UA student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA), and the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.
International Observe the Moon Night is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. From looking at the Moon with a naked eye to using the most sensitive telescope, every year on the same day, people from around the world hold events and activities.
THE PLANETARY SCIENCE INSTITUTE:
The Planetary Science Institute is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to solar system exploration. It is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, where it was founded in 1972.
PSI scientists are involved in numerous NASA and international missions, the study of Mars and other planets, the Moon, asteroids, comets, interplanetary dust, impact physics, the origin of the solar system, extra-solar planet formation, dynamics, the rise of life, and other areas of research. They conduct fieldwork in North America, Australia and Africa. They also are actively involved in science education and public outreach through school programs, children’s books, popular science books and art.
PSI scientists are based in 20 states and the District of Columbia, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.