Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at Levy Park on Oct. 28
October 13, 2017
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and Levy Park Conservancy are hosting an International Observe the Moon (InOMN) public event from 4:00–9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 where visitors of all ages can learn about lunar science and exploration.
Houstonians are invited to join the world-wide celebration at Levy Park which includes hands-on educational activities for children, short presentations for the entire family led by LPI scientists, and night sky viewing – weather permitting. The public is encouraged to submit questions about the Moon to @LPItoday using Twitter; questions will be answered by LPI scientists during the event.
“InOMN is a great opportunity to connect lunar enthusiasts around the world,” says Andrew Shaner, Public Engagement Lead at the LPI. “The solar eclipse events held last summer excited the nation and were a precursor to future cosmic events such as InOMN and the upcoming lunar eclipse in January 2018.”
The event will also feature information booths by the Houston Astronomical Society and NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science, and more. The Windsync quintet will perform Moon-inspired music for all to enjoy.
Activity schedule is as follows:
4 p.m.–6 p.m.
- Hands-on activities for kids
- Information booths (Houston Astronomical Society, NASA Astromaterials Research & Exploration Sciences)
- WindSync quintet will perform Moon-inspired music (5:30 p.m.)
6 p.m.–7 p.m. - Transition to evening activities (Guests can enjoy park amenities)
- Set-up telescopes for night sky viewing Pavilion
- Set-up A/V for presentations/videos
7 p.m.–9 p.m.
- Night sky viewing (Moon specifically) near the Pavilion
- Presentations near trees opposite pavilion; presentations will include an overview of the Moon, recent lunar research, and Q&A with a lunar scientist
Since 2010, a global network of lunar enthusiasts has come together for one day to celebrate InOMN. This annual, worldwide public event promotes solar system science and exploration, specifically, NASA’s modern exploration of the Moon. More information on InOMN can be found at http://observethemoonnight.org.
Levy Park Conservancy is located in Houston’s Upper Kirby District at 3801 Eastside Street, Houston, TX 77098. Parking is available on Wakeforest and Eastside streets and also in the parking garage for a fee.
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