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INOMN 2011

Folks from around the world (over 500,000 in 52 countries, to be exact) participated in International Observe the Moon Night on September 18, 2010. InOMN, as the event is affectionately called, is intended to be a night when people take the time to step out and look up at Luna. It's there. Everyday. All you have to do is go out and look.

The 2011 InOMN will take place on October 8th. The InOMN website contains a plethora of goodies to help you with your own event: tips on planning an event, activities, promotional materials, and a map of the Moon as it will appear the day/night of InOMN pointing out interesting lunar features. The Moon Map for 2011 has not been posted yet, however, here is a synopsis of the features that will be visible the night of October 8:

For our early InOMN observers in Australia and Japan, the evening terminator will cut across the Jura Mountains in the north. Near the southern tip of the Juras, the Gruithuisen Domes should be quite visible; these silicic lunar volcanoes have been key targets for study by LRO. Continuing south into Oceanus Procellarum, the terminator will pass near the crater Prinz and its associated system of four sinuous rilles that extend for up to 80km. Further south, the terminator skirts the side of Mare Humorum, a classic example of an impact basin. Charles Wood describes Humorum as the best place on the near side of the Moon to learn about impact basins because of its nearly complete inventory of impact features. Humorum is large enough to be discerned with the unaided eye, but small enough to entirely fit within a telescopic field of view. With good seeing conditions, the network of rilles on the western edge of Humorum will be visible. More to the south, the elongated crater Schiller will be prominent; at 180 km by 70 km this crater may have resulted from a grazing impact on the Moon.

By the time of evening in Europe, the terminator will have moved far enough to the west to reveal the crater Aristarchus, the brightest large crater on the Moon, and some of the volcanic plateau next to it. As evening sweeps across North America, more of the Aristarchus Plateau comes into view, revealing the spectacular lava channel of Schröter’s valley, the largest sinuous rille on the Moon with a length of 160 km and a width of up to 10 km. Schröter’s valley flows out of the Cobra Head, a 9-km wide volcanic crater on the north side of a 30-km dome. To the south, the volcanic Marius Hills will just be coming into view along the terminator. Unlike the low shield-shaped domes common elsewhere on the Moon, the Marius Hills feature numerous volcanic cones.


A big THANK YOU! goes out to our lunar buddy Brian Day with the NASA Lunar Science Institute and the LADEE mission for the information. So go ahead and start planning an event for the 2011 InOMN! The InOMN coordinating committee would like to double the number of events and participants the 2010 event saw. That means we want to have at least 1,000 events with over 1 million people worldwide attending. Help us make that happen! Get started by registering your event!

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