Luna’s Special Day — International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) 2010
Today is the “International Observe the Moon Night” when people in all parts of the globe are encouraged to wait till dark and go outside and pay attention to our closest neighbor in space — the Moon. 🙂 Me and my friends (and also fellow UP AstroSoc members) will set up our observation at the back of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, near the Manila Bay. After watching the beautiful sunset by the bayside, we’ll focus on taking images of the moon for the InOMN Photo Contest. 😛
Alright, there’s really no special happening on the moon later tonight, no spacecraft impact or a UFO flyby. But the “event” is more of a reminder to look up and appreciate what we sometimes take for granted. It’s goal is also to raise the awareness and interest of the public on the recent lunar research and exploration which has brought us a lot of new information about our space companion.
Let’s all see the moon in a whole new light! Observe the moon with your telescopes, binoculars or even just with naked eyes. Appreciate its beauty — take note of it’s phase, the patterns and shades of it’s features. If you’re gonna use telescopes or binoculars, see its mountains and craters, Get involved and invite others! Why? Because so few people ever take the time to just look up and see the splendor of the creation stretching across the skies.
I have included here below some of the lunar photos which me and my fellow amateurs took before. 😀 Enjoy and clear skies!
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Some Quick Moon Facts…..
+ The distance From Earth is 363,301 kilometers (225,745 miles).
+ The radius of the moon is 1,738 kilometer (1,080 miles), the diameter is 3476 kilometers (2,160 miles).
+ Total weight: of the moon is 74 sextillion kilograms (81 Quintillion Tons).
+ The surface temperature at the equator during the day is 134oC (273o F), and at night is – 153o C (244o F)
+ Gravity at the surface of the moon is 1/6 that of the Earth.
+ The moon has no significant atmosphere or clouds.
+ Its surface is scarred from hundreds and thousands of meteors that have struck it over billions of years.
+ The Moon’s surface layer is called regolith.
+ The Moon’s orbit is inclined 5 degrees from the Earth’s ecliptic.
+ The face of the Moon is marked by regions, called mare, Latin for “sea”. A name given by Galileo who thought the dark featureless areas were bodies of water. We now know them to be basalt (a type of lava) filled impact basins.
+ The Moon’s magnetic field is 100 to 1000 times weaker than the Earth’s