Andrea Jones is the Director of International Observe the Moon Night. She is the Public Engagement Lead for NASA Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Andrea encourages everyone, everywhere, as often as possible, to go look at the Moon! And while you’re out there, the rest of the sky too. There is so much to wonder at, admire, and discover.
Molly Wasser is the Deputy Director of International Observe the Moon Night. She is the Digital Media Lead of NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division and is the voice of @NASAMoon on Twitter. Molly works for ADNET Systems at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Her favorite Moon fact is that the Moon has one of the coldest measured places in our solar system! Hermite Crater at the North Pole is -410 degrees Fahrenheit (-250 degrees Celsius).
One of the founders of International Observe the Moon Night, Brian Day is the Lead for Citizen Science and Community Development at the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). In this role, he coordinates programs with numerous internal and external partnering organizations, focusing on providing opportunities for students and the public to directly participate in NASA science and exploration. He currently acts as SSERVI’s project manager for Solar System Treks, a set of tools designed for mission planning, lunar science, and public outreach.
Staci Tiedeken is the International Partnership Coordinator for International Observe the Moon Night. She is the Outreach Coordinator for the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Staci loves to incite wonder in others through public engagement activities and is thrilled to be a part of the International Observe the Moon Night Coordinating Committee. Being an information link between the world of professional astronomy/planetary science and the general public is something she is incredibly passionate about.
Caela Barry is the Host and Observer Liaison for International Observe the Moon Night. She works with research teams at Goddard Space Flight Center and the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute to support and expand public access to NASA science.
Theresa Summer has been active in astronomy education since 1998. At the ASP since 2016, she has been developing programs to spread astronomy and science literacy around the globe. Theresa is the creator of the “Confidence & Curiosity: Girls at the Telescope” workshop and award winning video series, as part of NASA's Girl Scouts Reaching for the Stars, the team that produced the GS Space Science badges. With a specific focus on social justice and increasing opportunities for marginalized voices, Theresa’s secret mission in life is to make science more welcoming to all.
As the National Partnerships Coordinator on the International Observe the Moon Night Coordinating Committee, Grace fosters collaborations with organizations from around the country. She is an Science Engagement Specialist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, where she strives to support scientists, educators, and learners of all ages as they explore the wonders of Earth and space science.
Sanlyn Buxner leads the evaluation team for International Observe the Moon Night. She is a research scientist and education and communication specialist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, AZ. She works on several NASA and NSF funded projects in Earth and Space Science. Her work explores how teachers, students, and the general public engages in astronomy and planetary science topics.
Emily Joseph is a Research Specialist at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab in Tucson, AZ where she works on several different kinds of projects - both planetary research and education.
Maya Bakerman works as the evaluator for the International Observe the Moon Night with the host and visitor data. She is an education outreach specialist and data analyst for the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, AZ. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in community education outreach with the College of Education.
Julie Fooshee is a student and researcher at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where she works with festivals and events across the United Kingdom and North America exploring intersections of live events with diversity, equity, access and inclusion. She is excited about being the International part of International Observe the Moon Night! One of her favorite ways to view the Moon is in Holyrood Park with her dog, or, if it's raining, on her Animal Crossing Island.
Christopher Cokinos is a nature-and-science writer and a Professor of English at the University of Arizona, where he teaches creative writing and science communication. He contributes his literary talents and interests to the International Observe the Moon Night team. A long-time stargazer, he fell in love with the Moon around the time of the Apollo 11 50th anniversary (he was six when it landed). Since then, he "hikes" the Moon's surface with a 10-inch reflector as often as he can.
The following organizations support and participate in International Observe the Moon Night. We welcome participation from your organization, club, or community.
Astronomers Without Borders
The Astronomical League
Blue Star Families
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
Federación de Asociaciones Astronómicas de España (FAAE)
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Girl Scouts of the USA
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Institute of Space and Aeronautical Science (JAXA/ISAS)
Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM)
The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network)
On the Moon Again
The Planetary Society
Polish Space Agency (POLSA)
Sky Watchers' Association - Kolkata
Unione Astrofili Italiani
The United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA)
The Virtual Telescope Project
World Space Week