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:
- 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
- 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