International Observe the Moon Night

Oct. 5, 2019

An annual world-wide event organized by NASA, “International Observe the Moon Night” is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and appreciate our nearest celestial neighbor – the Moon. From gazing at the Moon with the naked eye, to observing through powerful telescopes, every year on the same day people all over the world hold events and activities to observe and appreciate our Moon together. 

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium will join the global Moon viewing celebration with free public telescopes on the mall, live chamber music on the mall, a special free Moon presentation, Moon activities, and special pricing – $5 exhibits and $5 planetarium shows!

To bring this annual event to life here in Tucson, Flandrau is pleased to partner with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, the Planetary Science Institute, and the UA’s Fred Fox School of Music.

Moon Activities
Visitors can learn from our fun Moon Facts Sheet, and participate in family-friendly Moon activities like Phases of the Moon, Build Your Own Moon, and exploring Moon Landing Sites offered by Flandrau and our partners. Special activites from 5-8pm.

Special Presentation
Visitors will enjoy a special free presentation given by astronomer Pamela Gay in the planetarium theater. Ms. Gay, a scientist with the Planetary Science Institute and a popular science communicator, also engages the public with science through her podcast Astronomy Cast and her science outreach website Presentation 7pm, please reserve you seats in advance here.

Thanks to the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, we’ll have volunteers offering free telescope viewing on the UA Mall in front of Flandrau so you can see the magnified Moon. Free telescope viewing 7-9pm.

In partnership with the UA’s Fred Fox School of Music, we’ll have the Chamber Winds ensemble playing under the direction of conductor Martin Gaines. With the live music to set the mood, you’ll bask in the moonlight and marvel at the Moon as you enjoy the soaring sounds of brass and woodwinds. Performance 8-9pm.

Special Planetarium Shows
In the Eos Planetarium Theater we’ll offer special Moon related shows including the documentary Desert Moon about the University of Arizona’s leading role in the 1960s “Space Race” to land a man on the Moon. We’ll also screen the documentary Earthrise about the famous photo of Earth taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the first humans to see the Earth rise above the horizon of the Moon. Both of these special shows are fascinating stories from the history of lunar discovery.                                                                                                                           

We all need more moonlight in our lives, and “International Observe the Moon Night” at Flandrau is the perfect chance to gaze at our glorious neighbor, bask in its glow, and learn what we know about the Moon and how we learned it.  Join us along with other Moon fans, planetary scientists, astronomy students, musicians, and wannabe werewolves to celebrate by the light of the Moon.