On The Moon Again 2024

The moon. Everybody knows it. Everyone has seen it in the sky. It has been sung about countless times in poems and songs. Its influence on the earth is great. No wonder, after all, it is our closest cosmic neighbor.

So why not take a close look at the Moon, not only with the naked eye, but also with an optical device? This is exactly what we at kosmos-os wanted to do, as in previous years with our participation in the international campaign „On The Moon Again“ in which amateur astronomers around the world go out onto the sidewalks and squares with their telescopes to give others the opportunity to view the fascinating lunar landscape in detail. Because the moon is so close to us cosmically, it impresses with an enormous wealth of detail on its surface.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 14-16, 2024) we had planned to be outside in the so-called Nettepark of Osnabrück, set up our equipment and give visitors an (enlarged) view up to the moon. We had to cancel Friday. The weather forecasts were too bad.

On Saturday and Sunday, however, we were not deterred! From 8 p.m. we had set up our telescopes of various designs. Since the local newspaper published an article about our campaign, we were also happy about interested visitors on both evenings, who had made their way to us especially for our campaign, not only from the city but also from surrounding districts.

In the involuntary cloud breaks, there were lively conversations.

However, the rain protection was only used once.

When there were gaps in the clouds, there was a bit of a "crowd".

Although the sun had just set and made the clouds shine red, craters and mountains were already clearly visible on the moon.

The clouds were in constant competition with the moon on both evenings. Once we even had to take a break from the rain. The joy was all the greater when the moon showed its splendor again in the clear gaps in the clouds. Often the sky even compensated us with atmospheric cloud pictures.

The sun sets in the Nettepark.

This is what the moon looked like when looking through one of our telescopes. The structures at the shadow border are the most visible.

Our kosmos-os team with a Dobsonian telescope and clouds in the background
From left: Thomas Grunge, Olaf Homeier, Gerold Holtkamp, Werner Wöhrmann, Achim Tegeler