International Observe the Moon Night

Cody Mulroy, Online Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

Mike Ford, Banner Creek Science Center and Observatory director, couldn’t be any happier about the new state-of-the-art telescope recently acquired by the organization.

“It is the most up to date and technology advanced system in the Midwest,” Ford said.

The Telescope doesn’t run with gears, but instead runs on electro magnetic fields making it much quicker than the other telescopes.

“There is just no comparison,” Ford said. The new 24-inch Plane Wave telescope replaced a 20-inch reflector telescope that has been there for almost 15 years.

The new telescope will boast a 60 percent increase of the ability to study stars and constellations. It came with a price though. Ford estimated a cost of $120,000. The money was recently all gathered by donations.

Public will first get to see the new telescope on International observe the moon night. International observe the moon night reaches to give the community an opportunity to learn about the moon and why it’s important to Earth. It will take place on Saturday, October 20 at Banner Creek Science Center and Observatory at 6 p.m. The center is located 22275 N Rd, Holton, KS 66436. There will be a total of six telescopes set up Saturday night.