Gain a better understanding and appreciation of the moon like many around the world at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
WNC’s Jack C. Davis Observatory will participate in Observe the Moon Night, joining observatories around the world in encouraging observation, appreciation and understanding of the moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration.
“Oct. 28 is the night after the first quarter so the moon will appear as a ‘half-moon’ in the sky,” said Thomas Herring, director of the observatory. “This is the perfect phase for picking out details along the shadow line (officially known as the terminator) between light and dark sides.”
Herring said visitors will be able to use eyepieces to view the moon. In addition, attendees will be able to see video from the observatory’s 14-inch telescope and imagery from NASA on the big screen TVs inside the observatory. Jack C. Davis Observatory is one of only two registered sites in Nevada conducting this celebration.
The celebration is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter with support from NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute and the Lunar and Planetary Institute.
For more information, go to http://www.lpi.usra.edu/observe_the_moon_night/.