Saturday night we hosted students and their families from Lansdowne Friends School who came out to view the moon from the dark skies at Crow's Nest. This was part of the first annual International Observe the Moon Night.
We began the evening with roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, shown here in progress. Then we walked over to a farm field with a clear view of the sky and set up telescopes, spotting scopes and binoculars. The teacher brought maps of the moon surface that we could compare with what we were seeing. It was ideal that the moon was not full because we could see the relief of the surface on the partly-lit edge.
The International Observe the Moon Night was promoted by many organizations including Astronomers without Borders. As they note, we all share the same sky; our earthly boundaries vanish when we look up. If we can see that we have this in common it will help us see what else we share.