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Philippine Astronomical Society to offer free telescope viewing, astronomy lectures this weekend

By JUSTINE PUNZALAN Published Oct 19, 2023 3:31 pm Updated Oct 19, 2023 4:39 pm

If you're a Selenophile, chances are, you know that October is a special month as this is when the International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) takes place. This weekend is the right time to gather your fellow moon-loving friends as the Philippine Astronomical Society is celebrating the night with special activities, all for free.

Earlier this week, the non-profit organization announced on social media that is celebrating InOMN on Saturday, Oct. 21, with various activities for moon enthusiasts of all ages.

Co-produced by the Manila Street Astronomers, the upcoming event offers free admission for all and features telescope viewing and astronomy lectures. 

There is also an open mic session where attendees are encouraged to perform anything (song, dance, poetry, etc.) that is related to the moon, night sky, or astronomy for a maximum of 10 minutes.

A moon gallery and meteorite exhibit will also be on display for when you want to marvel at the beauty of the moon even more. You can even tag kids along as there will be a coloring activity at the event.

It will be held at the Level 5 Roof Garden of Ayala Malls Feliz in Marikina City from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday.

Those who are interested in joining the celebration can register here. Philippine Astronomical Society noted that all participants will receive a certificate of participation during the vent.

InOMN has been observed worldwide every October since 2010. It is scheduled on the night when the moon is near the first quarter phase which, for 2023, falls on Oct. 21. 

On that night, the moon is best observed with a telescope because more details will be visible on Luna's terminator or the line separating the unlighted and lighted sides of the moon. 

This year's InOMN is celebrated a few days after World Space Week which is observed annually from Oct. 4 to 10 in more than 95 nations worldwide.