We are delighted to annouce that Moon Night is back for its 3rd year! The 2019 event is set to be even bigger and better than previous years, with new activities added (see below for more details).
About Moon Night 2019
Join us for a celebration of 50 years since humans first walked on the Moon and learn about the latest news from our nearest neighbour in space! Find out what it might take to make ‘Living on the Moon’ a reality in the next 50 years! Our world-leading researchers in Planetary and Space Sciences at The Open University will be available to engage you in various hands-on activities involving Moon rocks and meteorites and answer any questions you may have about Space Exploration.
FREE and all welcome.
This family event is particularly suitable for age 11+ but all are welcome. For Health and Safety reasons, we are limited in the total number of participants we can accommodate, so please reserve your place early to avoid disappointment. If you can't join us in person, the evening will be livestreamed on both our Stadium platform and on Facebook Live. Follow @TheOpenUniversitySTEM to watch!
Programme for the evening:
4.30 PM: Registration opens
The Open University Reception, Berrill Building (SatNav MK7 6AA). Free parking (only in designated spaces) on campus.
5 PM: Welcome address
5.05 PM: Introduction to the event (Dr Mahesh Anand, lead organiser).
5:30 PM to 8 PM: Get hands-on with the Moon*
• Staff and students involved in lunar research at the OU are on-hand all evening to talk about their research and answer any type of question about the Moon and beyond.
• Test your knowledge on 60 years of lunar exploration
• Step into a planetarium dome to observe a voyage to the Moon- limited tickets (offered on the day)
• Hold the largest Moon rock in UK, and explore the Virtual Microscope for Apollo samples.
• Learn how 3D printing could be used to build habitats on the Moon.
• Walk on the Moon via an immersive virtual reality experience
• Draw your own astronaut mask and write your thoughts on a Moon Wall!
• Ask OU scientists questions you always wondered about the Moon and space
• And other surprises including lots of space related prizes to be won…
8 to 8.45 PM: Public lecture by Dr Sarah Rugheimer (University of Oxford), who is the recipient of the Barrie Jones Award for outstanding contribution to outreach and the teaching of Astrobiology (this award is co-sponsored by the Astrobiology Society of Britain). Complimentary refreshments will be available in the Berrill Café prior to this lecture.
*Activities are tentative and subject to change
Note: A portion of Moon Night will also be livecast and subsequently archived for later viewing for those who could not attend in person. You can view some of the videos from 2018 Moon Night on YouTube: https://youtu.be/23J8Ua6C0z4