What Does the Moon Mean to You?<p>
Many cultures see a rabbit on the moon. What do you see?
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The world will celebrate International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday, October 8th, 2011. This year's theme is "What does the Moon mean to you?" For lots of people the Moon evokes a strong love, a genuine feeling of closeness to the Moon. Maybe you grew up with an understanding of the Moon and its phases, or your parents showed you the Moon through a telescope. Or you just looked up at the Moon and enjoyed it. You might have heard stories of the Moon, and grown up with a particular tale that you really loved. Whatever your connection is, it's difficult to deny that our collective vision of the Moon has been influenced by NASA's missions. Read on and listen to the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's podcast on 365 Days of Astronomy.

Curious about moons? Watch What's Up for October 2011? Moons & Meteors with Jane Houston Jones. It's a wonderful time to look at Jupiter, and astronomy club members are ready to share their telescopes with you. You might even spot some of Jupiter's moons!

Find a Moon Party in your area, no matter where you are in the world, and enjoy International Observe the Moon Night. Most events are free or super low-cost and everyone is welcome.

Find your local astronomy club, find star parties on you iPhone using Go StarGaze, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.