Western to celebrate Observe the Moon Night

Long before the cow jumped over it, earthbound mortals have been fascinated by our nearest celestial neighbour – the Moon.

It is believed a 5,000-year old rock carving at Knowth, Ireland represents the earliest depiction of the Moon and five millennia later only 12 astronauts have walked upon it, so it’s no wonder that selenology (lunar science) remains a priority for NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and Western ‘s Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration (CPSX).

In celebration of International Observe the Moon Night, CPSX, Western’s Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada are hosting a free public event on Saturday (Sept. 22) from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory.

In addition to observing the Moon with Western’s Perkin-Elmer refracting telescope (weather permitting), astronomers and planetary scientists will deliver talks, present lunar meteorites and lead a cell phone photo contest.

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