Saturday, September 4, 2010

Get ready for International Observe the Moon Night

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will be celebrating International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, September 18 from 6-10 PM.

Throughout history people have looked up and wondered about the Moon. The goal of International Observe the Moon Night, promoted by NASA and celebrated at institutions around the world, is to engage public audiences and amateur astronomer communities and raise awareness of lunar research and exploration.

Visitors are invited to join Discovery Center educators for a night of telescope viewing and having questions answered by lunar experts. Dr. Harlan Spence, lunar specialist and director of UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space will discuss NASA’s latest mission to the Moon. Lunar activities will be provided by special guest Tom Estill of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The night will include hands-on artwork, lunar scavenger hunts, lunar crater making, “Walk on the Moon,” lunar golf, and a special presentation of Tonight’s Sky planetarium show highlighting the Moon.

$9 Adult, $6 Child (3-12), $8 Student/Senior. Free for Members.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a variety of science, technology, engineering and math programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups, and lifelong learners. For more information, visit

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