PCPL to participate in Observe the Moon Night

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Putnam County Public Library will be hosting International Observe the Moon Night this Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Putnam County Museum due to the ongoing renovations to the library youth services area.

The event, which is done on the same day each year, is designed for all ages and is dedicated to encouraging people to "look up" and take notice of the moon not only with a naked eye, but using the most sensitive telescope.

Adults will enjoy moon viewing while the more nimble are welcome to crawl into the Star Lab planetarium, which is a portable planetarium courtesy of DePauw University Professor of Physics and Astronomy Mary Kertzman along with using the Celestron telescope. Both Kertzman and her students will be on hand to guide and inform moon viewing.

Additionally, there will be children's craft and project stations for making moon journals, learning about the formation of moon craters and much more. Moon-themed snacks will also be provided during the event.

The International Observe the Moon Night Team consists of scientists, educators and moon enthusiasts from the public and private sectors from around the world. They "believe in the inspirational power of the Moon -- a celestial body that has influenced human lives since the dawn of time" and for which they hope to instill "a sense of wonderment and curiosity."

The Putnam County Museum is located at 1105 N. Jackson St. (just south of the viaduct at the north edge of Greencastle).

For more information on Observe the Moon Night hosted by the Putnam County Public Library, persons may email Barbara Timm at btimm@pcpl21.org.

Interested participants can also visit www.observethemoonnight.org for more information on the overall event.

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