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article imageSeptember 18 first International Observe the Moon Night

By Lee Labuschagne     Sep 17, 2010 in Science
Saturday September 18 is the first International Observe the Moon Night, a project initiated by NASA and supported by a number of prominent professional and amateur astronomy organisations.
This global event allows anyone - irrespective of your training and background - to participate.
According to Universe Today, NASA Ames and NASA Goddard each had successful individual events lat year, "so we decided to do it again, but make it bigger and better and ask the rest of the world to join in,” said Doris Daou, who is the Director of Communications and Outreach for the NASA Lunar Science Institute.
Full information about the event is available from the special event website.
* You can look up events on a map below to see if there is an InOMN event nearby you. Organisers can also add their own events there and you can also use a Geocoding option.
* It includes a big photo competition and some entries can already be viewed on the website. Look here for more information
“Since this year is now an international event, we have an overarching theme, ‘Seeing the Moon in a Whole New Light,’ which is largely based on the fact that we have all this wonderful new data that has come back during the past year from the Lunar Renaissance Orbiter as well as the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft and other spacecraft,” said Lora Bleacher the Informal Education Lead for NASA's LRO mission.
LRO is changing our understanding and our view of the Moon,” said Brian Day, the Education and Public Outreach Lead for NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer Mission (LADEE). “All the recent lunar news has raised the public’s consciousness of the Moon to a whole new degree. It’s exciting to see the heightened level of interest that the public has in the Moon now, and our understanding of the moon has changed radically over a short amount of time. So we are giving everyone the opportunity to conduct their own personal explorations of the lunar surface and in doing so learn about how our understanding of the Moon has changed.“
The organisations supporting this event include
* Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Education and Public Outreach . The LRO is NASA's spacecraft that currently orbits 50 km above the lunar surface. Its instruments have returned unprecedented views of the lunar surface, including each of the Apollo landing sites
* The NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI), which
supplements and extends existing NASA lunar science programs.
* The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission, which will determine the global density, composition, and variability of the fragile lunar atmosphere before it is perturbed by further human activity.
* The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), a research institute that provides support services to NASA and the planetary science community
* Astronomers Without Borders, an organisation that "brings people together from around the world through our common interest in astronomy." Their website provides sharing and social networking for the global community.
* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), the largest general astronomy society in the world with members from 70 countries. Among others it also manages the NASA Night Sky Network. The ASP is the with members from over 70 nations. You could join the Night Sky Network's Facebook page here.
* Gemini Observatory, an international astronomical observatory (partnership includes USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile) that uses state-of-the-art technology to explore our universe.
* Beyond the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) :
The maintenance of the IYA2009 networks is one of the priorities of the IYA2009 legacy and its global networks will continue to operate and engage millions of people.
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