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International Observe the Moon Night

 

This event is weather-dependent. In case of rain or cloudy skies, this event may be cancelled.

 

Sept. 19, 2015, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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!

 

7:00 pm – International Observe the Moon Night Begins 

 

Telescopes - 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm in front of the MSU Space Science Center 

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.

 

Activities – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm inside the Pace Science Center  

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.

 

Eclipses – 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 Kentucky.

 

How big is the moon? – Space Science Center Lobby

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Planetarium Schedule 

 

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)
                  Presented 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 see.

8:30 pm – Lunar IceCube – Morehead State’s Mission to the Moon (30 minutes)
                  Presented by Dr. Benjamin Malphrus

Morehead 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 Busek Company.

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

The 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)

Based 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

 

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