International Observe the Moon Night October 20th.

Well someone ( Nasa ) has decreed that Saturday October 20th is ” international observe the Moon night”.

I guess you could say we have seen it all before but the moon never ceases to amaze me. It is a barren rock, lifeless and devoid of an atmosphere that they haven’t been back to since the early seventies. They seemingly didn’t rate moon exploration rate very highly.There is much more interest  there now and they hope to establish a moon colony/moon base in the coming decade along the lines of the International Space Station (ISS). The moon has a day/night of about two weeks and temperatures vary from 80+ degrees Celsius in the day time to – 150 degrees Celsius in the night time. So along with solar radiation its a pretty hostile environment. Some see the future in human habitation in mining, space tourism and using the moon as a “dustbin” for dirty industries that are present on Earth.

Human habitation of the Moon would likely lead to more colonization of the solar system. There is an Moon observation by Shannonside Astronomy in Limerick – Weather permitting on Saturday night. You might get a bit more detail using their telescopes than with a pair of binoculars. Might be worth a look.