On 4 October 2017, Saif Ullah Khan & Yumna Majeed, conducted a lunar observation session in their local neighbourhood in Lahore, Pakistan. This event was the first of a series in celebration of World Space Week 2017.
Children of age group 4 to 11 years old were able to look through a Meade NG70-SM telescope provided for this purpose by Mr. Roshaan Bukhari, the Outreach Coordinator of The Planetary Society Pakistan. As they viewed the lunar surface, the kids were awed by the close view of the Moon. They asked questions regarding the craters of the moon, which were answered thoroughly.
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“Afterwards, we delivered them a lecture on our Moon and the moons of the solar system, highlighting the salient aspects of the moon’s craters. We also told them the difference between Astrology and Astronomy, because of the way these subjects are often confused with each other in this community.”
After the lecture, a short quiz was held to demonstrate that many of the children were able to comprehend the concepts taught to them.
Saif Ullah Khan is an 18 year old A levels student at Lahore Grammar School Johar Town Senior Boys Branch in Lahore, Pakistan, and head of the Astronomical Society there. Yumna Majeed (19 year old) studies Medical Lab Technology at Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan and is head of the Science Club there.