Families able to see the moon up close

The moon’s phase is in the first quarter which is ideal for viewing. Photo: Dave Greg Tauranga Astronomical Society/Supplied.

Tonight families have the chance to view the moon in great detail, thanks to the Tauranga Astronomical Society.

From 6.30pm the society is holding a family moon viewing and astronomy night.

“Bring the family along to be amazed at seeing the craters of the Moon through our various telescopes including our largest 14-inch telescope,” says TAS secretary Kevin Patmore.

The moon's phase will be first quarter which will be perfect for viewing the craters and surface features of the Moon, he says.

At 7:40pm the International Space Station may be visible as it crosses over New Zealand.

With clear skies it will also be possible to see deep sky objects such as the Great Orion Nebula and the Omega Centauri Star Cluster, says Kevin.

People are encouraged dress warmly as the telescopes are outside and children must be supervised by an adult.

The night is at the Otumoetai Sports and Recreation Club building, at end of Tilby Drive in Matua,

Entry for adults who are non-members is $5 each and Tauranga Astronomical Society members and children 15 years and under are free.

The night will go ahead weather permitting so check the TAS Facebook page website in case of cancellation.

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