ASU celebrates International Observe the Moon Night


The Adams State University Zacheis Planetarium will participate in this year’s International Observe the Moon Night on September 22. This is truly an international event, whose theme this year is “Under the Same Moon.”

On this evening, people all over the world will be observing the moon, with events in Hilo, Hawaii; Bangalore, India; Fraser Island, Australia; Shanghai, China; Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia; Polokwane, South Africa; Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego; Bucharest, Romania, and many others.

Zacheis Planetarium will present a 25 minute program called “Observing the Moon”, at 6:30, 7:15, and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Before, during, and after the programs, several outdoor activities will be offered, weather permitting. Telescopes will be set up to allow visitors to see the moon up close with their own eyes. One telescope will be outfitted with a camera so that visitors can take their own photographs of the moon – bring a thumb drive with you to take your photos home that evening. A hands-on “Phases of the Moon” activity will allow everyone to experience first-hand the cause of the moon’s phases.

All activities and programs are free, but tickets are required for the planetarium programs due to limited seating. Tickets for all program times will be available at the planetarium starting at 6 p.m.