It’s International Observe the Moon Night at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport. You’re invited to discover how the moon has affected the natural and cultural history of the Central Coast. Saturday, September 19th, from 10:00am until 8:30pm, Yaquina Head will be hosting a special event with ranger-led talks, multimedia presentations, lighthouse tours, a special nighttime ‘Moon Walk’ and Heart of the Valley Astronomers of Corvallis providing telescopes for lunar viewing.
Schedule of Events…
10:00am – Ranger Talk “Rocky Shore Low Tide” at Cobble Beach deck.
11:00am to 4:00pm – “The Moon and the Earth” multimedia presentations at the Interpretive Center.
Noon to 4:00pm – Lighthouse tours; learn how tides affected life at Yaquina Head Light Station.
3:00pm to 5:00pm – Telescopes outside Interpretive Center for daytime observations of the First Quarter Moon (weather permitting); learn how the sun and moon create Earth’s tides.
4:30pm – Ranger Talk “Rocky Shore High Tide” including comparison photo of the morning’s low tide to illustrate the tidal range at Cobble Beach.
7:30pm to 8:30pm – Rare opportunity to visit Yaquina Head after dark! Join us for a special half-mile ‘Moon Walk’ from the Interpretive Center to the Cobble Beach deck; telescopes will be set up for nighttime lunar viewing (weather permitting).
Bring a flashlight for the ‘Moon Walk’.