GAM Lunar Week Begins!
The Moon is at center stage for GAM Lunar Week- April 10 to 16 A week-long special series of programs, from April 10 through 16, will be dedicated to the Moon 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. Observing the Moon by telescope and naked eye, educational programs, online observing events, competitions and a celebration of the Moon in different cultures are all avaialble.
Some Lunar Week highlights:
April 10 to 16 - Ask a European Space Agency Scientist
Do you have a question about the Moon? Ask a Space Scientist! During Lunar Week Professor Bernard Foing, a Space Scientist at the European Space Agency
, will be answering your questions about the Moon. Perhaps you have always wondered what the Moon is made of, or how the Moon was formed, or even how humans or robots might explore the Moon in the future. The answers to the best questions will be posted on the GAM website.
Through April 12 - My Crescent Moon Looks Different
Like the constellations, different observers in different latitudes observe the same sky differently. Now it is your turn to help us build a map with pictures of the Moon in different countries. Your images should be acquired on the nights of 9, 10, 11 and 12 of April. A map with all the images will be produced to share with everyone.
April 12 - Walking on the Moon
Beginning at 19.30UT
During GAM Lunar Week you can reach the Moon from home! The Virtual Observatory's immensely popular series of special online, live remote observing events continues withWalking on the Moon. You see it all as astronomer Gianluca Masi moves the telescope, takes images to show you and narrates from the Virtual Observatory in Italy. You can also join in the chat with others tuning in from around the world.
Throughout April - Moon and Culture
The Moon and Culture project seeks to bring together the unique cultural perspectives of our closest neighbor in space, the Moon, from cultures around the world. Every culture on earth has a view of the moon that is unique to them, their heritage and their identity as a people. Share your cultural Moon stories with others through this unique collection.
Throughout April - Moonlight Poetry
This year the Astrpooetry Blog's special edition for Global Astronomy Month focuses on two topics: 1) Dark Skies Awareness and 2) the Moon. Write your “moonlight cocktails” of poetry now and send them in to be published on the GAM Astropoetry Blog.
Throughout April - MoonDays
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. The Moon is being celebrated throughout Global Astronomy Month via MoonDays, with programs during Lunar Week and beyond.
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