Museum visitors to have up-close look at the moon

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – When you look up in the night sky and see the moon, many of us may not have a clue of all it’s detailed features. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will have an up close look at the moon in it’s planetarium called Lunar Monday on Monday night.

“You’d be surprised, there are people who take the moon for granted and they’ve never really stopped to look at it especially through a telescope,” says Roger Kennedy with the museum. “It’s quite an experience for people especially when we’re talking about features on the moon that they’ve never really thought about like the mares which are the big black areas on the moon. They look at that and see the man on the moon, but when they see it in the telescope they realize that it’s a basalt flood plain.”

With the sun at just the perfect angle on Monday it is an opportune time for anyone to not only learn about parts of the moon, but to also enjoy a night at New Mexico’s state of the art planetarium. That also includes two brand new projectors to give you an accurate view of what the naked eye can’t see.

“With the observatory that we have here, we’ve got the largest public access telescope in the state,” adds Kennedy. “So people could actually come in, and in our case during the day look at the surface of the sun which once again, people don’t tend to do that.”

Monday night’s viewing of the moon is dependent upon clear skies meaning it could be cancelled if it is cloudy. The event is free, but donations are welcome.

For more information about the showing, you can check out the NM Museum of Natural History & Science website.

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