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Head Outside for International Observe the Moon Night


This Saturday, October 28, join thousands of people around the world and head outside to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).

The event, now in its seventh year, is dedicated to exciting people about lunar exploration and science and to bring people together to celebrate Earth's nearest neighbor. Instead of happening on the same day each year, it is scheduled to coordinate approximately with the moon's first quarter on a day when the moon will be visible late in the afternoon and in the evening.

There are local events scheduled around the world, including in nearly every state in the United States. You can find the closest one here. If you'll be taking part in an InOMN event or just heading outside on your own, please share photos and updates using the hashtag #observethemoon.

Learn more about the moon, its phases, and the complete lunar cycle. Find out what supermoons are and the difference between the two types of blue moon. Then check out what else is visible in the night sky with the Planet App. (If you're up very late, you can see Venus and Mars in the eastern sky. Earlier in the evening, if you have access to a telescope, you may be able to see Uranus and Saturn, as well as asteroid 7 Iris, located in the constellation Aries in the northern sky.)

You can compare the size of the moon with other objects in our solar system. Finally, reminisce about the total solar eclipse that happened in August and look forward to the total lunar eclipse that will occur in January.

Excited about lunar travel? Discover the story of the people who worked behind the scenes of the Apollo missions. Think you have what it takes to land on the moon? Test your piloting skills with Gravity Launch or the Gravity Launch App. And weigh in on if scientists think we should build solar power stations on the moon. For more, check out our Celebrating Space Exploration collection.

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