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International Observe the Moon Night tonight - Here is why it is important

Saturday October 28, 2017 4:05 PM, & Agencies

Observe the moon night

Sky gazers worldwide are gearing up to celebrate the astral event International Observe the Moon Night tonight on Saturday October 28, 2017.

Tonight, the moon will just past the first-quarter phase and will appear half-illuminated in the sky.

International space agencye NASA is encouraging people for the event and discuss the importance of the moon in everything from eclipses to tides to astronomical observations.

Institutions worldwide will take part in International Observe the Moon Night.

"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 our planet’s nearest neighbor.

"The most important part of the night is simply the act of observing", NASA said in a statement.

If you've never bothered to look at the moon or the night sky or used a telescope before, tonight might be a good night, said Noah Petro, the deputy project scientist for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

How to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night

  1. Attend an event – See where events are happening near you by visiting
  2. Host an event – Call up your neighbors and friends and head outdoors – no special equipment is needed. Let us know how you celebrated by registering your event!
  3. Don’t let cloudy weather get you down! Observe the Moon in a variety of ways from the comfort of indoors – View stunning lunar vistas through images and videos, or explore the Moon on your own with QuickMap or Moon Trek
  4. Join the worldwide conversation with #ObserveTheMoon on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
  5. For regular Moon-related facts, updates and science, follow @NASAMoon on Twitter

Petro will be at an event hosted by Nasa at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

"We have a number of opportunities for people to see what's up in the night sky," Petro said in an interview. "It's very exciting, especially if somebody doesn't do it normally."



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