Moon, the only permanent natural satellite of our Earth, has been there with us for a long time. It’s the biggest object visible in the night sky from our Earth. It is very special to the people of Earth, both scientifically as well as spiritually. And thanks to the international space community that every year it observes the International Observe the Moon Night to recognize the contribution of Moon towards planetary science and celebrate its presence with full glory.
And on October 28, 2017, NASA, along with other space agencies and authorities are going to celebrate 7th International Observe the Moon Night, and through this, they want to encourage each and every people to observe, understand and appreciate our only natural satellite- the Moon. The event brings together space and moon enthusiasts, educators, scientists, and just about anyone who would like to look up at and observe the moon
Actually, the International Observe the Moon Night was first commenced in the year 2010 during the start of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission. Then, after that many other NASA institutes such as Lunar and Planetary Institute, the Planetary Science Institute, NASA SSERVI, NASA’s Discovery & New Frontiers Program joined the event and attracted many people.
Although you can see the moon with the naked eyes but using powerful observing equipment like binoculars, telescopes can actually give you a closure look of Moon, and you will definitely get mesmerized by its beauty and elegant look. You can actually see the craters and ridges on the moon with the help of telescopes. If you do not have a telescope, then you should not worry. On Saturday night many space agencies and observatories are organizing different events so that common people can take a nice long look or two at our magnificent satellite and just live the moment.
One of those events is The Waxing Gibbous Moon, which is a great choice for witnessing the craters, ridges, and valleys of our Moon. Also, Gianluca Masi’s Virtual Observatory Project has arranged a live webcast of telescope viewing through which you can enjoy the view of the satellite. NASA is organizing special events at the Goddard Visitor Center and at Marshall Space Flight Center.