Saturday, October 28, 2017

International Observe the Moon Night

For me, every night is observe the moon night, the keeper of my secrets, the confidant of my deepest feelings and wonderments, my partner in pondering.  The moon who glades above us all reassures us that we are all together under her gaze.
I love to wax poetic about Ladymoon, and I love to imagine myself in a time when the wandering wonders of the heavens weren't washes out by light pollution.  When the  wanderings of the stars and plants were the science of the time, and the faith.    
My interest in the Moon began as I rode home in my Dad's old green Buick, from a visit with my Aunt and Uncle, the full moon seemed to be following us, may-be lighting out way.  That is one of my earliest memories.  And later I remember looking up as I walked from house to house in my homemade costume, gathering as much candy as possible each night, because in those days Trick or Treating was not limited to one night.  But seeing a shooting star was just as exciting.

International Observe the Moon Night

A public event coming up on October 28. Events scheduled around the globe. Click in for more info and links.

Image via InOMN.
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter – with support from NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute – are sponsoring an International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) on October 28, 2017. Go to the InOMN website to find information about how to host, register, and evaluate your InOMN event, look for an InOMN event near you, and share pictures and highlights from InOMN. The website says it’s:
… an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration, as well as the cultural and personal connections we all have with Earth’s nearest neighbor. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event — and uniting on one day each year to look at and learn about the moon together …
In 2017, we are encouraging an eclipse-focus for the event, celebrating the total solar eclipse that crossed the United States in August, a lunar eclipse that will occur in January, and past and future eclipses visible around the world …
Though we encourage everyone to participate in International Observe the Moon Night on a specified day each year, we understand that this date may not work for everyone. If it does not work for you this year, you are welcome to host your event on a different day, as close to October 28 as possible.

Moon phase on October 28, 2017 (waxing gibbous). Generate an image of how the moon’s phase will appear from the Northern Hemisphere, or Southern Hemisphere, on any day in 2017 using the Scientific Visualization Studio’s Dial-a-Moon online app. Image via InOMN.
Bottom line: Info about International Observe the Moon Night 2017.
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Deborah Byrd

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