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See the moon through a UCLA telescope Oct. 8

Free event will offer the chance to see moon dust and chat with lunar experts

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UCLA’s David Jewitt says the moon’s polar regions may hold ice capable of sustaining future human colonies.

If you’ve never seen the moon through a telescope before, here’s your chance. Scientists from UCLA’s Institute for Planets and Exoplanets will offer free views of the moon on Saturday, Oct. 8, which is International Observe the Moon Night.

Guests will be able to inspect dust samples from the moon and lunar experts will be on hand to answer questions about the Earth’s nearest neighbor. The event, from 7 p.m. to about 9 p.m., will be held on the roof of UCLA’s Mathematical Sciences Building (map).  

The moon is 2,159 miles in diameter and 240,000 miles away. Its surface provides a record of solar system time, with its larger craters dating back billions of years, and its polar regions may hold ice capable of sustaining future human colonies, said UCLA astrophysicist David Jewitt.

The event is free and open to the public. To reach the viewing area on the roof, enter the Mathematical Sciences Building from the Court of Sciences on the fifth floor and take the elevator to the ninth floor. Visitor parking will be in Structure 2, on the east side of the UCLA campus (map).

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