WHO CAN REGISTER?
Everyone! Provided you have a telescope or binoculars. You are an individual or a member of an association and you own a telescope? You are welcome !
WHY THE MOON?
The Moon is visible to the naked eye. And yet, few have had the chance to contemplate it in a telescope and discover that it is the most beautiful object to watch in the sky. Because of its proximity, the relief and the lunar maria are easily accessible. A person who observes it for the first time can only be surprised by the large number of details visible. Of course, on the 12th and 13th of July, you will also be able to show the public the visible planets but nothing is as good as the Moon for the first time!
FOR WHAT PUBLIC?
On the Moon Again aims to raise the eyes of all toward the night sky, especially those who have never had a real interest in the stars or who did not imagine that it was accessible and easy. We want to reach as many people as possible, and the largest number is on the street!
WHERE TO OBSERVE?
Where the pedestrian traffic is most intense! Going to an observatory or a scientific outreach structure requires anticipation and planning. This will only reach an informed public. In order to reach as many people as possible, it is therefore important to set up where people pass by. No need for a dark sky without city lights to observe the Moon. In the end, the best places are a city center, along a river bank, next to a tourist attraction, or in front of a popular café or restaurant. If you live in a small village or in a non-touristy place, you might set-up your instrument in front of your house and tell your neighbors and friends on the social networks to join you to observe! Of course you can open the doors of your personal observatory but the best is finally to give fresh air to your astronomical equipment and bring it where the general public is.
WHEN TO OBSERVE?
On the Moon Again will take place on Friday, June 26th, Saturday, June 27th, and Sunday, June 28th 2020. For a large section of the Earth’s population, this period is Summer and the weather may be expected to be good. These two dates were chosen because the phase of the moon is waxing gibbous, thus allowing quality observation of several hours just after the sunset. By observing during these two evenings around the world, there will be observers discovering the Moon continuously for 72 hours! On the Moon Again will begin on the evening of June 26th in the Pacific Ocean, Tonga or New Zealand and will also end in the Pacific Ocean on the evening of June 28th in Hawaii and Tahiti. This will be another way to realize that we all live on the same planet and under the same sky, as we did in 1969.
WHAT EQUIPMENT TO USE ?
The Moon has the advantage of being clearly visible with any astronomical equipment, from a pair of binoculars to telescopes of 20-30 cm in diameter, including the popular 60 mm, or 115 mm diameter telescopes. Your telescope has not seen the stars and taken the air for a long time? You just have to dust it and put it back on the ground. Obviously, the small instruments are practical because they are easily transportable in the street. If you have a non-motorized instrument, no problem! You will only have to put a low magnification (30-40x). This will allow you to center the Moon only once in a while (and show your visitors that the Earth is spinning!). Do not be stopped on the pretext that you do not have sophisticated equipment: you will be astonished to see how passers-by will be amazed to see the Moon in your 60 mm diameter telescope.
WHAT TO TELL TO THE PUBLIC?
The Moon impresses people all by itself! You will be surprised to discover the emotion after the first hesitant glance, then the desire to enjoy the show longer, to comment and share the beauty of the lunar landscape, like a tourist discovering the sea or being at the top of a mountain for the first time. If you have some more facts about the formation of the Moon, impact craters or the conquest of the moon or the first observations of Galileo, you will have a pleasant time with anyone you meet. Then, all you have to do is answer the flow of questions that will come naturally.
HOW TO COMMUNICATE?
On the Moon Again wants to be a catalyst of observers. Thousands of telescopes will be out on on July, 12th and 13th, 2019. An international publicity campaign will be run in spring 2019 to encourage everyone to join this global event. From June 2019, a map of all observers by city will be accessible on this site. We will rely on you to communicate your whereabouts, and to encourage your friends to join us. Do not hesitate to talk to the local press and also to share your location for observation on social networks.
The strength of this event will depend on the momentum and community involvement of all participants. We rely on each of you to make On the Moon Again the two greatest astronomical nights in the world.
COMMUNICATE ON TWITTER
In order to share our experiences during these two days, only one hashtag #onthemoonagain