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Tsukimi

In Japanese lore, the moon is home to rabbits who tirelessly pound sweet rice into mochi—a tale woven by farmers who worked into the wee hours at harvest time. Americans, on the other hand, see a man in the moon winking down from above. The dark patches that make up the man’s shadowy features are actually ancient lava flows, expansive black plains formed in the solar system’s early days. At that time, any debris that hadn’t become part of a planet careened helplessly around the sun, crashing into whatever came along. Our newly-formed moon was still molten inside, and these powerful impacts cracked its crust, letting lava ooze out from below. Tonight at the Arboretum, experience the moon as part of both history and science—traditional Japanese dances and snacks complement modern telescopes for spying on those industrious bunnies. What will you see in the light of the full moon?

Sat., Aug. 25, 7 p.m.

 
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