The Moon, an ancient soul, is the only existing natural permanent satellite of the Earth. It’s a very special object to us, both scientifically and spiritually. The International Space community observes what we call the “International Observe the Moon Night” every year for us to recognize and appreciate the contribution of the Moon towards our scientific world as well as celebrate its unique presence in our lives.
October 28, 2017, is a day set aside by NASA and other space agencies to mark the celebration of the 7th International Moon Night Observation. The space community is using this event to encourage everyone across the globe to celebrate, observe, understand and most importantly, appreciate the brightest object in the night sky – the Moon. The event is also a way to bring together educators, scientists, space enthusiasts and those who would love to observe the moon.
The first International Observe the Moon Night was held in 2010 during the birth of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission. With time, other space agencies such as the Planetary Science Institute, Lunar and Planetary Institutes, New Frontier Program, NASA SSERVI, etc. joined the occasion.
You get to see the magnificent satellite
The use of powerful equipment such as telescopes and binoculars gives a closer view of the mesmerizing beauty of the Moon – you can see the craters and ridges by using telescopes. During the event, space agencies and onlookers organize events as well as provide equipment so that individuals can get to see the breathtaking satellite.
One of such event is the GianlucaMasi’s Virtual Observatory Project, which provides a live telescopic webcast to enable ordinary people to enjoy the view of the Moon. Another one is The Waxing Gibbous Moon, which offers opportunity for seeing the craters, ridges, and valleys of the Moon. NASA is not left out. It is also organizing events at the Goddard Visitor Center and at Marshall Space Flight Center.