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International Observe the Moon Night

Updated on October 5, 2021 - 8:53 AM CDT
Posted on October 5, 2021 - 8:52 AM CDT

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Saturday, October 16 is International Observe the Moon Night! You are invited to join observers around the world in learning about lunar science and exploration, making celestial observations, and honoring cultural and personal connections to the Moon. This annual, worldwide public engagement event takes place when the Moon is close to first quarter – a great phase for evening observing.

You can participate in International Observe the Moon Night from wherever you are. Attend or host a virtual or in-person event, or join in as an individual observer. However you choose to observe, please follow local guidelines on health and safety.

We encourage you to interpret 'observe' broadly. From lunar art projects to virtual field trips to data that you can hear, there are so many ways to enjoy, learn about, and connect with the Moon! Visit our website to find creative observing suggestions, browse a curated set of hands-on activities, and download custom Moon Maps designed especially for International Observe the Moon Night 2021.

Join the global conversation through our Facebook page, #ObserveTheMoon on your preferred social media platform, and the International Observe the Moon Night Flickr group. Register your participation, find tips and resources to host and evaluate events, and much more on the International Observe the Moon Night website: