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Join the faculty, staff and students of Morehead State University's department of Earth and Space Science on September 19th from 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm at the Space Science Center for the 5th Annual International Observe the Moon Night!
International Observe the Moon Night (INOMN) 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 that celebrate our Moon.
MSU professors will speak on the composition and formation of the moon with a special talk by Dr. Eric Jerde about "How we know we went to the Moon". There will also be telescopes set up for viewing the moon and other objects in the night sky along with different activities for the whole family throughout the night!
International Observe the Moon Night (INOMN) 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 that celebrate our Moon.
Phases – Space Science Center Room 117 (20 minutes)
7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm
Participate in an activity that demonstrates why we see the
moon go through phases.
Space Science Center Room 117 (20 minutes)
7:30 pm, 8:30 pm & 9:30 pm
Participate in an activity that demonstrates how Solar and
Lunar eclipses occur and learn about to upcoming events. A lunar eclipse later
in September and a Total Solar Eclipse in August of 2017 viewable from western
is the moon? – Space Science Center Lobby
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
7:10 pm – Earth,
Moon, & Sun Planetarium Program (30 minutes)
Earth, Moon, & Sun explores the
relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an
amusing character from Native American oral traditions who has many
misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His
confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and
Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the
show to help distinguish between myths ans science. The program helps viewers
understand why the Sun rises and sets, along with the basics of solar energy.
The Moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses along with past and future space
exploration to the moon and beyond are explored.
7:50 pm – Apollo Missions to the Moon – Yes, we really went there! (30 Minutes)
by Dr. Eric Jerde
There is a persistent belief by
many that the six landings on the Moon (and the other three that went there
(Apollo 8, 10, and 13) and didn’t land) were faked. That NASA created the illusion of the
landings on a sound stage in Houston.
However, there are numerous examples of things that are seen in the
imagery that could not be created on Earth.
These are related to physics, and the fact that the Moon is a very
different place. During this
presentation, several examples of this will be shown, and we’ll discuss what we
8:30 pm – Lunar IceCube – Morehead State’s Mission to the Moon (30 minutes)
Presented by Dr.
State University is leading a small satellite probe (six-unit 6-U CubeSat )
mission to the moon, in partnership with scientists and engineers at
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet
Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Deep Space Network (DSN), and the Massachusetts-based
Under the university-led
partnership, Morehead State’s Space Science Center will build the 6-U space
probe and provide communications and tracking support via its 21-meter ground
station antenna along with NASA’s DSN. Busek will provide the state-of-the-art
electric propulsion system and Goddard will construct IceCube’s miniaturized
instrument, the Broadband InfraRed Compact High Resolution Explorer
Spectrometer (BIRCHES). The instrument will prospect for water in ice, liquid,
and vapor forms from a highly inclined elliptical lunar orbit. Goddard also
will model a low-thrust trajectory taking the pint-size satellite to lunar
orbit with very little propellant.
9:10 pm - The Origin of the Moon (25 minutes)
Presented by Dr. Eric Jerde
Earth is unique among the planets of the solar system in having a satellite
that is so large in relation to its own size (the Moon is roughly ¼ the
diameter of the Earth). None of the
other inner, rocky planets has anything like it. As such, how it came to be here has been an
important question in planetary science.
In this presentation, a brief history of the theories of lunar origins
as well as a basic geological history of the Moon will be discussed. Further, a few things to look for when you
observe the Moon will be shown.
9:45 pm – Laser Show
- Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (45 minutes)
on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album Dark
Side of the Moon is one of the most requested laser light
shows! Dark Side of the Moonoffers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds, combined with a
unique assortment and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a
dramatic and haunting atmosphere.
10:30 pm International
observe the moon night Ends
HI: 79° LO: 57°
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