RASC National Society: The Moon At Noon - Q1 (ONLINE)

Moon at Noon
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm

We're back with our next online observing program! This time we'll be bringing you the Explore the Moon Observing Program. Anyone can join as we dive into craters and climb mountain ranges on our nearest neighbour. Stay tuned for more details, and keep an eye on this page for all the information you need about this program!

By the end of the program, you'll know how to find all the objects on the Moon listed in the Explore the Moon Program, both for binoculars and telescopes. If you are a member of the RASC and you note down all your observations, you'll be able to apply for your certificate and pin!

Sessions will be held Thursdays from 12:00 to 12:30pm Eastern Time. Bring your lunch and come hang out!

Register here! Sessions will also be livestreamed to YouTube and can be watched at any time.

What do you need?
There are two options for completing this program: the binocular version, or the telescope version. You'll need whichever of those tools you'd like to use! For the binocular program, we recommend a pair 10x magnification or greater. A tripod or other stabilization may help. For the telescope program, any small scope will do. It helps to have multiple eyepieces at different focal lengths to get different views of the Moon. You may also want a lunar filter for your eyepiece, or a pair of sunglasses.

Don't forget a notebook or logbook to keep track of your observations, and some pencils if you would like to sketch the Moon!

Thursdays from noon to 12:30 ET, starting April 1st. Bring your lunch!

How does it work?
This program was developed using Q-days, or the number of days away from the Quarter Moon, and we will be following along with these. Targets are grouped by Q-days, so you can catch as many targets as possible on any single night!

May 20, 2021
We have some niche topics today, including how to use math and your own photos of the Moon to measure the depth of craters. We'll also talk about lunar libration and how to observe some unique objects on the edge of the Moon by looking at the right time!

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Zoom
Organized by: The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Link: https://www.youtube.com/rascanada