Tonight is the 12th annual “International Observe the Moon Night” https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon-night/ or InOMN for short. International Observe the Moon Night is sponsored by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) https://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov and the Solar System Exploration Division of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center , with support from many partners.
Observers and lovers of the Moon worldwide will be looking at the Moon and sponsoring Moon watching events.
As stated on NASA’s InOMN webpage, Goals of International Observe the Moon Night:
Unite people across the globe in a celebration of lunar observation, science, and exploration.
Provide information, a platform, and resources in order to:
Raise awareness of NASA’s lunar science and exploration programs.
Empower people to learn more about the Moon and space science and exploration, using Earth’s Moon as an accessible entry point.
Facilitate sharing of Moon-inspired stories, images, artwork, and more.
Inspire continued observation of the Moon, the sky, and the world around us.
In the DMV this year there are 9 InOMN events being held https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon-night/participate/find-an-event/ . NASA Goddard is hosting virtual events while the National Air and Space Museum’s Haas Public Observatory and George Mason University have live InOMN events.
Online at 4 p.m. EDT, the Lunar and Planetary Institute will host a live presentation https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/events/VEEPS/ on the “Cool Moon” which will “shed light on the mysterious craters of the lunar south pole that hold water-ice and the key to future exploration of the Moon, and of the solar system”.
The Virtual Telescope Project will be live online at 1:30 p.m. EDT to offer commentary and a view of the Moon from Rome https://www.virtualtelescope.eu/2021/09/03/international-observe-the-moon-night-2021-online-observation-16-oct-2021/ .
NASA TV https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon-night/participate/live-streams/ will broadcast 7:30-8:30pm ET with greetings from people around the world, an ancient Incan story about the Moon, a close-up view of the lunar surface as seen through Slooh's telescopes in Chile and the Canary Islands, flyovers of lunar features highlighted on this year’s Moon Map, information about NASA’s VIPER mission and plans to send humans to the Moon's South Pole with the agency’s Artemis program.
Get out and ponder the Moon…humanity is headed back to stay this time https://wtop.com/the-space-place/2019/07/column-apollo-11s-legacy-and-what-to-look-forward-to-next/ . NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/index.html is being prepared for the Artemis 1 mission https://www.nasa.gov/artemis-1 which will launch NASA’s new crewed spacecraft, Orion https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/orion/index.html , out beyond the Moon on a 3-week flight.
Enjoy the Fall night by the Moon’s beautiful light….. By the way, that bright “star” to the upper right of the Moon is Jupiter with the ringed planet Saturn to Jupiter’s right.
Sky Guy in VA
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