Save the Date! International Observe the Moon Night is Oct. 20, 2018. But there's no reason to wait for the celebration. You can observe the Moon most nights.
Here are some resources:
- Guide to the Face of the Moon: Almost dead center on the Earth-facing side of the Moon is the Surveyor 6 robotic spacecraft impact site. The Apollo 12 and 14 landing sites are a bit to the left. And Apollo 11—home of the the first steps on the Moon—are to the right. This retro graphic tells the whole story.
- Moon Shots: NASA photographers have done some exceptional work capturing views of the Moon from Earth. Here are a few galleries:
You can’t have a solar eclipse without the Moon.
The 2016 “Supermoon” was pretty spectacular.
The Moon gets eclipsed, too.
That IS a Moon - AND the International Space Station.
The Moon is always a great photo subject.
Some spooky shots of the 2014 “Supermoon.”
Tips from a NASA pro for photographing the Moon.
- Walking on the Moon: Twelve human beings walked on the face of the Moon. Here are some of the best shots from the Apollo program.
- Moon Watch: NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is up there right now, mapping the moon and capturing some spectacular high-resolution shots.
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is a worldwide, public celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe and learn about the Moon together, and to celebrate the cultural and personal connections we all have with Earth’s nearest neighbor.
InOMN is usually held in the fall, when the Moon is around first quarter. Fall in the Northern Hemisphere is generally a good time for InOMN, because of school schedules and the weather, and a first quarter Moon is visible in the afternoon and evening, a convenient time for most hosts and participants. Furthermore, the best observing is typically along the dusk/dawn terminator, where shadows are the longest, not at full Moon.
Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event or just going outside and taking a moment to appreciate our closest cosmic neighbor.