International Observe The Moon Night
INTERNATIONAL OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT
On Saturday October 5, nineteen club members gathered at Marley Park in Surprise to celebrate the Moon. WVAC was one of the 2093 registered worldwide participants for the 2019 InOMN.
A big thank you to the 19 club members who came with telescopes and binoculars, what a great way to connect with our fellow lunar enthusiasts!
We did not take attendance but the event was very well attended by the residents of Marley Park and Surprise. Marley Park was chosen as a follow-up with the second grade class at Marley Elementary School. We heard that the event had been announced on the morning news. John Cline also had it posted in the Surprise Independent.
We couldn’t have asked for a clearer night. The Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn awed the public. We were also able to point out the constellations of Scorpius and Sagittarius.
International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration, celestial observation, and our cultural and personal connections to the Moon. It has been held annually since 2010. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe, learn about, and celebrate the Moon together. The Moon is the stepping stone to the cosmos and for discussions of lunar and planetary science, exploration and celestial observation.
More About International Observe the Moon Night
Each year, thousands of people worldwide participate in events at museums/science centers, libraries, planetariums/observatories, schools, universities, parks, community centers and private residences/businesses and backyards around the world. People, young and old, come together to learn about lunar science, see the Moon, stars, and planets through telescopes and participate in hands on experiments/activities.
Everyone can participate. All you need to do is look up!
This is a time for libraries to feature Moon books, radio stations to play Moon songs, schools to unite around a common lunar theme in art, history, engineering, language, and science classes – everyone can explore the Moon from their own angle.
International Observe the Moon Night is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission and the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, with many contributing partners.
This annual event occurs in September or October, when the Moon is around first quarter – a great phase for evening observing. Furthermore, the best lunar observing is typically along the Moon’s terminator (the line between night and day) where shadows are the longest, rather than at full Moon.
2018 statistics for global event highlights the reach of the program.
- Six continents participated
- 75 countries hosted events
- All 50 U.S. states participated
- 160,000 participants worldwide 4 million participants since 2010
Upcoming dates for International Observe the Moon Night
- September 26, 2020
- October 16, 2021
- October 1, 2022
NASA looks forward to putting the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024!