Blinn astronomy organization to celebrate Observe the Moon Night at Brenham and Bryan campuses

Community is invited to learn more about the moon through telescope viewing and sky tours

Community is invited to learn more about the moon through telescope viewing and sky tours

October 16, 2018

Stargazers of all ages are in for a lunar treat this month as the Brazos Region Astronomy Service Society (BRASS), a Blinn College District student organization, celebrates International Observe the Moon Night with a special viewing at the Brenham and Bryan campuses.

BRASS will have telescopes set up for those interested in viewing the waxing gibbous moon Friday, Oct. 19, in front of Old Main at the Blinn-Brenham Campus (map) and Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Blinn-Bryan Student Center courtyard (map).

The community is invited to participate in both events from 6-10 p.m. free of charge.

“International Observe the Moon Night provides people with an opportunity to come together to learn about the moon,” Astronomy Professor and BRASS Advisor Jim Freeman said. “The moon is something we all see very often, yet seldom think about. The more the public knows about the moon – and astronomy as a whole – the more likely they will support astronomical activities and research.”

Sponsored by NASA, International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010. The event occurs in September or October when the moon is around first quarter, making it visible in the afternoon and evening.

Blinn astronomy faculty and students will be on hand to give sky tours and answer questions regarding the moon and other celestial spectacles, including meteor showers and various planets. BRASS’s lunar parties will join 504 other Observe the Moon Night events and participants registered worldwide for 2018.

BRASS is a student-sponsored service society whose mission is to provide a forum to the community for the sharing of astronomy and related topics. In addition to International Observe the Moon Night, BRASS attends community events with telescopes and literature, striving to educate and improve the public’s understanding of astronomy.

For more information regarding International Observe the Moon Night at Blinn, contact Freeman at jim.freeman@blinn.edu.

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