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Lunar Week

The Moon - Earth’s traveling companion in space - is an integral part of life on Earth. Still few people notice it or recognize its importance to us. A week-long series of programs will be dedicated to the Moon during Global Astronomy Month (GAM) to help people rediscover our closest companion in space.

Lunar Week takes place while the Moon is well-placed for observation in the evening sky. As the Moon's phases and postions change as it orbits the Earth, there will be Moon-themed star parties to observe the Moon by telescope and naked eye, educational programs, online observing events, competitions and a celebration of the Moon in different cultures. Information, including answers to common questions, will be distributed in various forms. Why is it important to explore the Moon?  How does the Moon affect our daily life? Why is the Moon visible during the day or night?  Why does its phases change?  All Moon missions and educational programs are invited to participate.

Lunar Week activities:

Observations

  • Moon-themed star parties (both naked eye and telescope)
  • Moon phases and positions in the sky – students and adults follow the Moon’s changing positions and phases through the week, learning about the relationship between the Moon, Earth and Sun
  • Remote observing

Imaging: Moon Photography

  • Imaging competition with judges from lunar missions

Lunart: poetry, drawings and culture

  • Lunar drawings and poetry
  • The Moon in different cultures - all cultures include rituals, traditions and stories about the Moon
Missions: NASA/ESA/JAXA/ISRO moon missions
  • Daily Podcasts featuring news from Moon missions

Event Organizers: Be sure to register your events so others will know about them.

Dates: 17 to 23 April


Projects

Online observing

Online Observing sessions bring the fun and excitement of observing to AWB groups and individuals worldwide. Online Observing sessions feature remote observing facilities around the world and specially our collaborator Virtual Observatory , Italy with live commentary by astrophysicist Dr. Gianluca Masi and a live chat box to ask questions and talk with others. Join in and share the fun with others around the world. Past Events: Cosmic Treasures - 9 Dec. 2010, 22:00 UT AWB and the Virtual Telescope Project announce a new online observing event, bringing another unforgettable astronomical experience to participants. Explore the Universe through the Internet,...
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Eclipses Without Borders

Eclipses without Borders (EwB) is a new AWB project designed to make it easier for amateur astronomy groups and the public worldwide to experience the beauty and wonder of solar and lunar eclipses. It will also provide an avenue to enable eclipse viewers to record and share their experiences. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun. This is a rare event, happening only once in a few years; and because the area where the Sun is totally eclipsed is small, people must travel long distances to observe one. The EwB project will...
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