KOKOMO, Ind. — Be one of the many people who participate in International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) at the Indiana University Kokomo Observatory.
The Observatory will be open for the event from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 28. Patrick Motl, assistant professor of physics, will start the event with a presentation on the future prospects for lunar colonies.
“Many people have never seen our moon through a telescope,” said Motl. “Our closest neighbor is surprisingly beautiful and an engaging world to view.”
InOMN is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of the moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Since 2010, approximately 450,000 people have participated in an InOMN event, throughout 98 countries and 49 U.S. states.
The Observatory's two telescopes, a six-inch Takahashi refracting telescope and a 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope mounted together. The Takahashi provides exceptionally sharp images of planets, while the Meade allows viewers to see fainter objects in the sky, due to its larger light collecting area.
Both events are free and open to the public in the Observatory, 2660 South Washington Street. Free parking is available on campus.
For more information on the International Observe the Moon Night, go to observethemoonnight.org.
Story written by Sarah Gill. Sarah is an intern in the Office of Media & Marketing.
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