Each year, scientists and amateurs are celebrating the importance of moon on October 28. Institutions all over the globe are going to join the International Observe the Moon Night with lectures on mesmerizing celestial events. Themes will vary from tides to eclipses and will peak with astronomical observations.
On October 28, the Moon Will Be in Its First Quarter Phase
People can celebrate the day dedicated to the natural satellite of the Earth by simply gazing at the sky. The deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Noah Petro, invited everyone to use a telescope on the night of October 28, especially if this is the first time for them.
“We have a number of opportunities for people to see what’s up in the night sky. It’s very exciting, especially if somebody doesn’t do it normally.”
On the night of October 28, the moon will reach its first quarter phase which is the perfect position to observe how half of the satellite is illuminated. Once the sun sets in, people will be able to observe it clearly even without professional equipment at hand.
However, a regular pair of binoculars or even a small telescope will be enough to make the most of this year’s International Observe the Moon Night. These tools are perfect to notice the craters which are the result of the impact of small rocks with the surface. As the moon lacks an atmosphere, it has no protective shields against foreign celestial bodies.
Observe the Moon Night Is the Perfect Opportunity for Amateurs and Scientists to Exchange Observations and Appreciate This Celestial Body
Enthusiast skywatchers recommend people to start their gazing activities with the terminator. This is better known as the twilight zone that marks the line where the light of the day and the darkness of the night collide. Under the force of this visual effect, the human eye can better detect craters as their shadows are deeper along this line.
NASA has already created a digital map of the exact side the moon will show on the night of October 28. You can learn in advance about each type of landforms to make the most of your Moon celebration.
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