A NASA TV broadcast to mark the occasion will air on the evening of October 16.
This Saturday, NASA invites the world to join together in an international revelation for lunar science. NASA plans a number of virtual events that are open to the public to observe the night of the Moon internationally, including a live broadcast on NASA TV, as well as activities such as impact crater modeling and, of course, bingo.
The hour-long NASA TV broadcast will begin Saturday at 4:30 p.m. PT. The broadcast will include news from NASA, whose purpose is to send astronauts to the South Pole of the Moon. You can also tune in for close-ups of the lunar surface through SLOOH’s telescopes in Chile and the Canary Islands and see information on “future robotic exploration missions to the Moon.” The broadcast will be live streamed on NASA Television and NASA social media channels.
Virtual and at-home activities are scheduled for the evening for people of all ages. You can create your own lunar impact crater using materials from around the house, join a round of Moon Photo Challenge bingo or post your moon-inspired artwork in the official Flickr group with the tag Observe the MoonArt Huh. See the full list of activities on the NASA website.
On October 16, the evening of the festivities, the whole world can look to spot a waxing gibbous moon. The waxing gibbous is the lunar phase that begins after the first quarter moon and lasts until the full moon. While “waxing” means the moon appears larger in the sky, the “gibbous” is the oval shape we see. In its announcement, NASA highlighted “great opportunities to see with Terminator – the line between night and day.”
International Observe the Moon Night is an annual celebration held in September or October, when the Moon is near its first quarter, so it is extra bright and visible in the early night sky.