Louisiana Art and Science Museum to host celebration of International Observe the Moon Day


International Observe the Moon Night always takes place on the night of a First Quarter Moon. Because of the long shadows near the terminator (the line of shadow between night and day) features, like craters, are especially prominent. This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

The Louisiana Art and Science Museum will have a day of planetarium shows and activities in celebration of International Observe the Moon Day on Saturday.

Hands-on activities will be offered in the Bert S. Turner Family Atrium from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and lunar-themed planetarium shows, including “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition,” will run until 5 p.m.

Before each of the planetarium shows at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., one visitor will receive a Galileoscope, a modern refractor telescope that can produce 25 to 50 times magnifications.

“It is our mission at LASM to spark the desire to create, explore and discover; hopefully this giveaway will do just that for our visitors,” LASM Director of Operations and Planetarium Sheree Westerhaus said.

International Observe the Moon Night began in 2009 after the success of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The celebration occurs in September or October when the moon is typically along its terminator, the line between night and day, where shadows are their longest.

On Saturday night, the moon will be nearly cut in half, with 48% of its surface obscured in shadow.

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