International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)

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This annual observing event is a call out to all astronomy enthusiasts around the world to come together and foster excitement around viewing the Moon.

Here’s your chance to help your community learn about the Moon and share the awe of exploring the Moon firsthand. If you plan to host an outreach event, please visit the International Observe the Moon Night website and register your event there.

As an AWB member, please don’t forget to mention Astronomers Without Borders in the form (in the field ‘As an official partner,') We would like to know you represented us on this exciting night.

Are you looking for ideas? Join the discussion to exchange ideas and tips to create a successful evening!

Resources:

Are you thinking about holding an InOMN event? Here’s how to properly plan your night. 
Register your event on the InOMN website and don’t forget to mention Astronomers Without Borders in the “How did you hear about Observe the Moon Night” and/or “Host Name” fields

COVID-19 Update
Please participate safely and responsibly in adherence to your local laws and guidelines.




Women With Impact - Craters on the Moon Named for Women Scientists

by Bettina Forget

In celebration of International Observe the Moon Night, we are republishing an astro arts post of Bettina Forget's Women with Impact Series that features sketches of craters of the moon that were named for women. Only of 1605 named crates, only 27 of them were named after women!

Please read the excerpt of her post below and enjoy the full text here.

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Look at a Moon atlas, and you'll see a land populated with the names of philosophers, mathematicians, and astronomers. Great men like Plato, Aristarchus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Planck, have been immortalized by naming Moon craters after them, cementing their names in the firmament. But - what about the women? Out of the 1,605 named craters on the lunar surface, 27 are named after women - that is 1.7%. What is lost when the female presence is omitted?


Women With Impact, 2015, acrylic and graphite on paper, partial installation view

 


Women With Impact, 2015, acrylic and graphite on paper, partial installation view

 


Women With Impact, 2015, acrylic and graphite on paper, partial installation view

To highlight this issue, I decided to research the locations of the lunar craters named after women using data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. After capturing the most detailed images of the craters possible, I created a series of 27 drawings on paper, using acrylic paint and graphite. Each drawing is a portrait of a crater, accentuating topographical features, textures, and shadowing.
The next step is to print the craters with a 3D printer, to give them shape and presence. I am especially interested in this three-dimensional representation. A crater is essentially a void, a hollow in the regolith. The void echoes the underrepresentation of women in positions of power, in the scientific canon, and in history. The void also speaks to its opposite: each crater is a result of an impact, a shattering of the calm surface. The 27 women who made such an impact will be thrown into full relief with each sculpture. This process is currently in progress; I am working with a scientist at Washington University in St. Louis to translate the LIDAR data from NASA's Orbital Data Explorer into printable 3D files.


sketching Moon Craters, 2015, video still, 1 min 45 sec

As part of an art education pilot project I created a short video documenting myself in my studio while creating one of the Moon crater drawings. View it here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shootsfromthehip/19593504138/in/dateposted-public



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As an associated program, Bettina and Virtual Telescope and Gianluca Masi teamed up to bring the AWB membership a special tour of many of the craters featured in the Women with Impact series. Watch the show here

Visit the online gallery of this work at Bettina's website: https://www.bettinaforget.com/portfolio/women-with-impact/

Bettina Forget is a Montreal-based artist, researcher, and educator.
Bettina directs the SETI Institute’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program and is a doctoral candidate in Art Education at Concordia University, Canada. Her research examines how the recontextualization of art and science may disrupt gender stereotypes.
Bettina’s creative work explores the subjects of astronomy, science fiction, and feminism. She has exhibited her artwork in the USA, Canada, Russia, Germany, Iceland, Singapore, and Nicaragua.
Born in Germany, Bettina has studied at Central St-Martins School of Art in London, England, at Curtin University in Perth, Australia and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.