Full Moon Party
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The Moon is our nearest neighbour in space and has affected our everyday lives more than you may know. For example, it has moulded our monthly calendar due to its orbital period and even influenced the agricultural history on the Earth, it creates tides and stares at us in regular cycles.
At over 2000 miles across and on average 240,000 miles away, it is the most recognised object in our night skies. We have even been there many times and from 1969, 12 astronauts have walked on its surface.
But how well do we really know it? How did it form, how long had it been there and how do we know?
Well tonight we will aim to challenge ourselves and understand our moon a little more. Depending on observing conditions our large aperture telescopes will be able to see surface details, take pictures with your mobile phones and all from this unique viewpoint.
You will see its most prominent craters, surface details you never knew existed and see your very shadow cast by it.
As well as this of course there is the rest of the universe, of which we cannot resist telling you all about.
During the summer nights we lose the darkness and so we turn our attention to the brighter objects that are visible, star clusters and atmospheric phenomena like night shining clouds, known as noctilucent clouds…