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On September 19 Dr. Fiona McDonnell, Associate Professor of Science Education at Emmanuel, hosted a moon viewing party on the quad. The event featured a variety of telescopes provided by Dr. Naomi Ridge of Wentworth Institute of Technology and Dr. Elizabeth Cavicchi of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Every year, people worldwide look towards the same sky to participate in International Observe the Moon Night or InOMN. According to the official website, “Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event — and uniting on one day each year to look at and learn about the Moon together.”
Students were not only able to see the surface of the first quarter moon, but also the rings of Saturn.
Though InOMN will not officially occur again until October 2016, students may have an opportunity to look much closer at the moon.
Dr. McDonnell plans to facilitate another event this semester with Dr. Ridge and Dr. Cavicchi. Watch the portal for more information.
Heather Alterisio ’17 is a Staff Writer for the Hub. She can be contacted at email@example.com or on Twitter @HeathAlt.