Saturday September 26th InOMN 2020
In this very difficult year, the world needs global cooperation however small to help us cope with life. Every country on the planet is affected by the pandemic and its spiralling destruction of normality. International Observe the Moon night has a part to play even if it is considered tiny.
The moon does not care about anything, it is a spherical rock in space.It is battered by impacts and scared by its journey to be our only moon. However, when most people look at the moon they are warmed by its beauty in the night sky. Its dark surface manages to reflect the light of the sun very well indeed. Our moon deals out its nearside face in increasing slivers as it waxes toward full every month of our lives.
Our moon represents the only other body in space where humans have walked. Moments in time that have genuinely united world in awe. The moon like the rest of the night sky reminds us of our place in space. We live in space, we may have dwellings on the Earth but we travel through space on a planet that provides us with air to breath, water to drink and food to eat. The planets atmosphere protects us every second of our lives. The air, the water and the food are basics needs. However we do need to be activly aware to make sure everyone has these necessary life sustainers. We all need to be activly aware of protecting our atmosphere.
We are all in this life together, living, working and dreaming. Not everyone gets on with each other. Some people spend their time oppressing other people and making their lives a misery. Nothing that helps us exist on Earth is evenly distributed, education, food, health, housing, caring. But do not get me going on that subject, those issues have not changed in my 63 years of living.
Events like International Observe the Moon Night can not fix any of the problems of the world. What it does do is make people smile and make them feel good. That is a simple effect but an important one when it is on a global scale. Over the years, myself and various groups I am connected with have taken part in sharing the moon with the public. It is always a positive and rewarding activity.
However, this year sharing like this is difficult because of the pandemic. Sharing eyepieces and being so close to random people is risky. Therefore other ways of sharing the moon need to be utilised.
Private and Household sharing
I am sharing the International Observe the Moon page via social media. Am sharing it with my club Louisburgh Astronomy Club and The Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies Facebook pages and others. If it is a clear night I will be doing as the page suggests. I will take out my telescope and share the moon with family members who are staying with me at the moment. The InOMN page will be doing a live broadcast on September 26th , details on the page. Also, I will be putting this link on a variety of pages to show this wonderful flyover the moon by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Oribier.
A Tour of the Moon