International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration and 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.
Join us for hands-on activities, exhibit explorations, moon observation, themed story time and more! Activities for the evening include:
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 your own scrap-exchange space telescope
Listen to lunar bedtime stories with the New Hanover County children’s librarian
Color your own space helmet and pose for pictures as an astronaut on the Moon
Explore Sun, Earth, Universe, an engaging and interactive museum exhibition about Earth and space science and Space Place, our interactive experience inspired by and modeled after the International Space Station.
And don’t forget to visit our JWST info booth and take home some NASA swag!