Telescope observations of moon scheduled at Sylva’s Bridge Park

Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College faculty will host a free telescope-assisted viewing of the moon Thursday, Oct. 26, at Bridge Park in Sylva.

Enrique Gomez

The 6 to 8 p.m. event is part of 2017 International Observe the Moon Night, a worldwide, public celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010.

“In the past, this event has been popular with children and their parents,” said Enrique Gomez, associate professor of astronomy and physics at WCU. “Everyone remembers the first time they saw the moon through a telescope.”

Participants are encouraged to dress warmly for an evening outdoors. There will be a brief presentation on lunar phases and planet and constellation identification, with several telescopes on hand. In the event of inclement weather or overcast conditions, the viewing will be rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 2.

For more information, contact Gomez at 828-227-2718.