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Observing the Moon in Binoculars

Observing the Moon in Binoculars
Observing the Moon in Binoculars

The Moon, our closest celestial neighbor, is a beautiful sight in the night sky. Many people have binoculars, and the Moon is a great binocular target. I've created a video in honor of International Observe the Moon Night, Saturday, September 26, 2020. I love the thought of people around the world, united by gazing up at the same Moon. 

This video, Observing the Moon in Binoculars, provides tips for now to observe the Moon in binoculars. It provides tips for how to see more detail, and what types of features you can hope to see. Features include maria, highlands, craters, and a way to imagine Jack and Jill on the Moon.

If you didn't catch the Moon on this night, don't worry. Sites like TimeAndDate.com allow you to enter your location, and they tell you when the Moon rises and sets so that you can look for it. 

The video may also be helpful for students who are learning about the Moon, phases of the Moon, and patterns of Earth and sky. Good luck! Enjoy!

Eclipse Glasses for Sale!

Image shows a Sun shape made with eclipse glasses

Be safe, order a pair for everyone in the family!

 

Be prepared to look at the October 14, 2023 and the April 8, 2024 Solar eclipses!

Did you know the sun is a great object to look at any day... sometimes its sunspots are so large that you can see them with just your eyes (protected with these amazing eclipse glasses, of course) from our spaceship Earth at more than 93,000,000 miles away.

Glasses purchased must be picked up at the planetarium by appointment or at any of our public events.   Cost is $5 per pair with all proceeds directly benefiting the planetarium.  Send an email to the planetarium to arrange for a pickup time.

Cash or check is our preferred method of payment but payment through our online store is possible, if you have to use a credit card.

Buy a pair for yourself, every family member, as a gift, or simply donate the purchase so that we can provide safe eclipse glasses to others in our community.

Additional donations welcomed!!