International Observe the Moon Night at Cape Fear Museum

Posted October 7, 2021 at 9:43 am     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Join Cape Fear Museum of History and Science for International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration that occurs in early fall when the Moon is around first quarter.  This year, we are also celebrating the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which NASA believes will drastically alter our understanding of the cosmos.

The Museum will host hands-on activities, exhibit explorations, moon observation, themed story time and more! At this FREE EVENT, participants can:

  • View the Moon with telescopes from Cape Fear Astronomical Society.
  • Investigate nebulae, create nebulae artwork and find out how JWST will peer inside these ‘stellar nurseries’.
  • Look back in time to discover your birthday star and discover how JWST will allow us to view the first stars to form in the early Universe.
  • Play with light to explore Moon phases and eclipses.
  • View the JWST design and construct a scrap-exchange space telescope.
  • Listen to lunar bedtime stories with the New Hanover County children’s librarian.
  • Color a space helmet and pose for pictures as an astronaut on the Moon.
  • Explore Sun, Earth, Universean engaging and interactive museum exhibition about Earth and space science and Space Place, an interactive experience inspired by and modeled after the International Space Station.
  • And don’t forget to visit the JWST info booth and take home some NASA swag.

“We are excited to host this FREE in-person event at the Museum,” stated museum educator Jameson McDermott. “It’s an evening to welcome the community to the Museum to come together with fellow Moon enthusiasts to learn about lunar science and take part in celestial exploration and discovery.”

The Museum is also hosting a Zoom virtual event on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 12 p.m. to introduce NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Dr. Intae Jung is a Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and will discuss the science and engineering behind this powerful new telescope that will be launched in December 2021. Join the Zoom conversation here:

News Release Contact: Barbi Baker,, 910-798-4367

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382
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