CALLING all moon-gazers for an evening of lunar activity. Some 400 years ago, Galileo famously turned his telescope to the skies and observed the moon for the first time.
Visitors to Aberdeen’s Satrosphere Science Centre this evening will be encouraged to do the same at a free event celebrating the Earth’s largest natural satellite.
Autumn MoonWatch will offer the opportunity to experience fantastic views of the night sky and learn more about what is arguably its most significant spectacle.
Members of Aberdeen Astronomical Society will be positioned on the lawn of Satrosphere to allow budding and experienced stargazers of all ages the chance to take a closer look at the moon through their telescopes.
A host of moon-themed activities for all the family will also be available, alongside the chance to win a telescope.
The event – which takes place as part of celebrations for the International Year of Astronomy – will include talks from members of the Aberdeen Astronomical Society and star shows from TechFest-SetPoint in their Cosmic Dome inflatable planetarium.
The event has been scheduled to coincide with the moon’s cycle when it is best placed for observation in the UK.
Dr Ken Skeldon, from the University of Aberdeen’s Public Engagement with Science Unit, a co-organiser of the event, said: “Weather permitting, the evening will provide a prime opportunity for visitors to see the moon up close at this peak time of its cycle for observation.
“Even if it’s cloudy, we'll have lots of indoor talks, shows and a competition to keep budding moon-gazers of all ages happy.”
Autumn MoonWatch takes place at the Satrosphere Science Centre from 7-9pm and is sponsored by a grant from the Scottish Government given to the Scottish Science Centres to help promote the International Year of Astronomy, which runs through till Spring 2010.
The event is free to attend and open to all. For more information visit www.abdn.ac.uk/events