GCL Hosting Educational Moon Viewing Event Oct. 12
Published October 01, 2013 8:32am by
Save time in your weekend from 3 to 6 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 12, and bring your family to the Gaines County Library in Seminole to take part in an international event.
It’s International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) and everyone is invited to come learn about our Moon. (http://observethemoonnight.org/) Look for us on the world map! The theme this year is "What’s Up on the Moon?”
The majority of the program will be held inside the Library from 3 to 5 p.m., and then everyone can go outside of the Library and have the chance to view the Moon through high-powered binoculars and a small telescope. (Yes, you can see the Moon during daylight hours!) Anyone who owns a telescope or higher-powered binoculars is welcome to bring them so more people can view our Moon at the same time.
A special twilight/dusk viewing of the Moon will take place outside of the Library from 7:30 till 8:30 p.m. An avocational astronomer will have a telescope set up for darker sky Moon-watching.
The InOMN activities are set up so everyone can select the order in which they undertake the activities. Families are encouraged to learn, play, and explore together. Everyone can learn about the environment and surface features of the Moon, create a take-home Moonscape, and learn how craters are formed on the Moon’s surface.
Participants will learn about the size of the Moon and its distance from Earth, and then use their imaginations to identify a character or object on the Moon and create it. One activity will explain the phases of the Moon by using Oreo cookies.
Everyone will have the chance to create, build and take home a habitable lunar base using craft items. A selection of the Library’s books relating to the Moon will be available to browse and read, inside the Library.
The Gaines County Library is located at 704 Hobbs Hwy., in Seminole. For more information, please call (432) 758-4007.