The Keene Public Library and the Keene Amateur Astronomers Club are celebrating International Observe the Moon Night with a public viewing session on Saturday, October 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Ashuelot River Park. Club members will be on hand to instruct and assist. This public viewing is dependent on the weather.
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the moon. From looking at the moon with a naked eye to using the most sensitive telescope, every year on the same day, people from around the world hold events and activities that celebrate our moon.
The library and club members will bring viewing equipment. The library has a Moon Viewing Kit, which includes binoculars, a tripod, and other useful items and an Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope. Both are contained in carrying totes and are suitable for families and individuals to check out of the library. The telescope and binoculars are loaned for one week at a time to individuals that have signed the use agreement and waiver. The lunar binoculars are a gift to the library from Lunar and Planetary Institute. The New Hampshire Astronomical Society provided the telescope. It is easy to use and robust. There is nothing to assemble. It has a wooden base, not the usual spindly tripod legs. The telescope is of manageable size but has a relatively large optical tube.
This means that the Moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one could see with the common beginner’s telescope. It also has a large field of view that allows the object to stay in the in the eyepiece longer.
All programs at the Keene Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information about these or other events, please contact the library at 603-352-0157.