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Moon-related event at The Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy

on 20 July 2022

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites you to join the educational activities organised on the International Moon Day 2022 at the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, from 19:00 to 22:00.

Moon Day 2022, like other astronomical celebration days worldwide, is a great opportunity to educate the public of all ages on the specific topic of Moon exploration, as a part of the wider process of humanity to study the Universe.

This year, on 20 July, the educational and scientific park of the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy (AIRA) will form a “launch pad” for the public to embark on a visual and narrative journey to our natural satellite, the Moon. For that, AIRA’s professional astronomers and educators will team with the amateur astronomers of Bucharest Astroclub and together, they will organise several complementary educational activities during the event.

The first of them will start at 19:00 and it will consist of a guided tour in the Meridian Hall of Bucharest Astronomical Observatory.

Here, the educator and astronomy historian Sorin Marin will present several thematic areas of this museum hall, which in the past was a vibrant scientific facility of Romanian astronomy. The main attractions of this place are the two meridian refractory telescopes: the 1893 one – the first astronomical instrument installed in the actual location of the Astronomical Institute in Bucharest, and its much bigger brother, the 1926 Gautier-Prin Great Meridian Circle.

In the same hall, a Zeiss transit telescope flanked by two vacuum fundamental pendulums – Le Roy and Riefler, tell to the visitors, beyond words, the story of the endless measurements and laborious calculus done for many decades by the Time Service scholars of Romania, which resulted in a ultra-precise scientific time base of the Institute.

In the Lobby of our Planetarium Hall, the educational rover VASILE will give all visitors, starting with the very young ones, the chance to ask questions about the challenges of sending such robots to our Solar System in order to explore the Moon, planet Mars and other celestial bodies.

From 20:00, Dr. Ruxandra Toma, a professional astronomer of AIRA and Professor Marian Naiman, an enthusiastic astronomy promoter in Romania and a Honorary Member of Bucharest Astroclub will host presentations that in the Planetarium Hall, that will be broadcast online on the Facebook page of Bucharest Astroclub, as well as on Zoom.

Alternatively to the tour guide and the presentations, the Planetarium Lobby will host for the entire duration of the event, a number of educational workshops provided by AIRA & Bucharest Astroclub.

More details here.

Image credit: Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy