Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night on October 20
Photo credit: Valentina Matei. Oradea, Romania

International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide, public celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe and learn about the Moon together, and to celebrate the cultural and personal connections we all have with Earth’s nearest neighbor. Everyone, everywhere can participate, and anyone, anywhere can host an InOMN event. Events range in size from small backyard gatherings to festivals with hundreds of participants. Hosts can tailor their events to match their available resources and expertise, and the needs and interests of their communities.

The seventh annual International Observe the Moon Night is October 20, 2018. Go look at the Moon! And invite your family, friends, and community to join you.
 photo of Moon by David Abbou
Photo credit: David Abbou, Stafford, Virginia

The InOMN website has a number of resources to support your InOMN event, including: a printable map of the Moon in the exact phase it will be that day, highlighting features people can find with their naked eye and through telescopes, links to beautiful lunar imagery that can be displayed, recommended hands-on activities, customizable advertising materials, and evaluation materials. The InOMN team also offers professional development for hosts with topics such as lunar photography tips and NASA lunar and planetary science research that hosts can share with their visitors. You can also find a collection of lunar resources from the Night Sky Network at bit.ly/nsnmoonight

 
Photo of astronomers at telescope holding a green laser by Jim Hendrickson Photo credit: Jim Hendrickson, Seagrave Memorial Observatory

Though telescopes and binoculars are not required to view the Moon, they add to the observing experience. Many astronomy clubs around the world host InOMN events, but if you or your local club would rather not lead an event, consider partnering. Libraries, schools, museums, and other organizations eagerly seek support from astronomy clubs to provide telescopes and observing expertise at their InOMN events.

The Moon is a gateway to the Solar System and beyond, so hosts are encouraged to also observe and discuss planets and other celestial objects and events. Stargazers often notice how the Moon tracks the same region of the sky as the Sun and planets -m aking our Moon a celestial tour guide to budding observers, making for striking pairings as it passes, and sometimes occults, the planets in out solar system. The Moon also travels past many other celestial sights as well, and can serve to help folks identify nearby constellations, stars, and relatively bright deep sky objects. 
 
Photo of family at an InOMN event.
Photo credit: NASA/GSFC

To learn more about International Observe the Moon Night, register your event, and access InOMN resources, visit https://moon.nasa.gov/observe

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Andrea Jones is the Director for International Observe the Moon Night and LRO Education and Public Outreach Lead,  Planetary Science Institute at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. 
 
Last Updated: October 16, 2018
 
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