Zacheis Planetarium provides opportunity for moon viewing

(11-01-2011)

The Adams State College Zacheis Planetarium has scheduled, "Exploring the Moon", an evening for viewing moon details. The free event starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

People have watched and wondered about the moon ever since, well, since there have been people. True "exploration" began in 1609 when Galileo first turned the newly invented telescope toward the moon to reveal mountains, craters, and other details. More details were revealed and moon maps became more detailed as telescopes got larger and more powerful, but the real advances came with the space age, when we could send spacecraft and then people to the moon. The last humans left the moon in December, 1972, but we're still exploring and learning new things even today. The U.S. and other nations currently have a number of missions studying the moon, and the recent discoveries are changing the way we think about its formation and history.

In this presentation we will briefly recap the history of lunar exploration and what we have learned about the moon's past. We will then describe recent and current missions to the moon and what they are revealing. We will conclude by describing some of the lunar features that can be seen through a telescope.

Weather permitting, we will have telescopes set up outside starting at 6:30 p.m. to look at lunar features like mountains, craters, maria, rilles, and rays. The program will start in the theater at 7:30 p.m., and moon viewing will continue after the talk. Dress for cold weather.