Adams State Zacheis Planetarium moon viewing scheduled

(10-03-2011)

The Adams State College Zacheis Planetarium has scheduled two evenings for viewing moon details. The free events start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 5.

People have watched and wondered about the moon ever since, well, since there have been people. True "exploration" began when Galileo first turned the newly invented telescope toward the moon to reveal mountains, craters, and other details. More details were revealed as telescopes got larger and more powerful, but the real advances came with the space age, when we could send spacecraft and then people to the moon. The last humans left the moon in December, 1972, but we're still exploring and learning new things even today.

In this presentation we will briefly recap the history of lunar exploration and what we have learned about the moon's past. We will then describe recent and current missions to the moon and what they are revealing. We will conclude by describing some of the lunar features that can be seen through a telescope. Afterwards, we will head outside, weather permitting, to see those features first hand, using the planetarium's binoculars and telescopes. Visitors will have the opportunity to take their own pictures of the moon using the planetarium's telescopes and cameras. Photos will be available for download from the planetarium's website the following day.

The sun sets early enough on November 5 that we will be able to do some moon viewing before the planetarium program begins that evening, starting at about 6:30. The viewing will continue after the show is over, for those who want to see more.

So bring your family and friends, and your curiosity and questions, for an evening of lunar exploration at the Zacheis planetarium.