Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts a free Harvest Moon celebration Thursday, October 5, at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon. Meet at the front of the museum between 6 and 6:30 p.m. for this free event, then join US Forest Service Ranger Alyssa Thornburg and Michael McKeag of Rose City Astronomers for an out-of-this-world experience.
Participants can choose to experience the moonrise either through a historical nature walk with Ranger Thornburg down to the river waterfront, or “shoot the moon” with McKeag by capturing the spectacle with a lesson in nightscape photography. Sunset is expected at 6:37 p.m., and the harvest moon will begin to rise at 7:03 p.m., providing plenty of light for nighttime activities. This full moon night is one of the brightest for the Americas.
Those interested in photography are highly recommended to bring a DSLR or mirrorless camera, (camera with interchangeable lenses), a tripod, remote shutter release (wired or wireless), and a telephoto lens in the 200 to 500 mm focal length range to capture a big, bright moon. Those with point and shoot cameras or smart phones are also welcome to join in the fun and learn from McKeag’s expertise.
Walk participants will enjoy an interactive journey down the Riverfront Trail that includes the historical significance of the harvest moon and how it continues to inspire people around the world, as well as effects on nocturnal wildlife in our local ecosystems. The walk will be roughly 1-mile roundtrip, and the trail is paved and handicap-accessible.
Bring friends and family for this free event, but please leave pets at home.
The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, located off I-84 at exit 82, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. The museum is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information phone 541-296-8600 x 201 or visit www.gorgediscovery.org.