Western astronomers (and the world) set to observe the Moon

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 University’s Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration (CPSX).

In celebration of International Observe the Moon Night (https://observethemoonnight.org/about/), CPSX, Western’s Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada are hosting a free public event on Saturday, September 22nd 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.

For more information, please visit https://cpsx.uwo.ca/outreach/event-news/inomn-2