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International Night of the Observation of the Moon to be celebrated
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
* Universum participates with activities for the general public Mexico, Oct. 19 (Notimex).- This Saturday there will be another edition of the International Night of the Moon Observation, a global celebration held since 2010, which encourages the appreciation and understanding of the Earth's natural satellite, located at about 384 thousand 400 kilometers away. The event occurs one day a year between September and October, when a first quarter of the Moon is visible in the afternoon and evening, the best observation is at the end of dusk / dawn, where the shadows are longer, compared to the Full moon. The only natural satellite of the Earth can be seen with the naked eye just by looking up to the sky during the night or in the early hours of the day. One of the most accepted theories within the scientific community about the origin of the satellite, which shines, because its surface reflects sunlight, is that it was formed after the collision of a body the size of Mars with the "blue planet". Along with the formation of the Sun, so did the planets, in such a way that the Moon is also made of a material similar to all objects in the Solar System. In this edition, according to the National Administration of Aeronautics and Space (NASA), 823 events and participants were registered worldwide. In Mexico, the Science Museum of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, (Universum, for its acronym in Spanish) will carry out a series of activities to celebrate the brightest object in the night sky. The activities will begin at 5:00 pm with the screening of a video on the mobile planetarium and an astronomical workshop. One hour and a half later there will be a night observation activity with telescopes. When the hands of the clock mark the 19:00 hours, a talk will be offered where it will be discussed if there was ever water on the Moon, one of the questions that took 49 years ago the first astronauts to put one foot on the lunar surface. Also, at 20:00 a video entitled "The secrets of history: landing on the Moon" will be screened.In this way, attendees can spend an afternoon of observations and learning about this object of inspiration for songs, poems, books, films and photographs. NTX/ICB/LCH/ASTRO16/BBF read more
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