International Observe the Moon Night- Sept 22nd, 2012
Save this date. September 22nd, 2012.
Want to look at the moon? Go outside at night and look up. Easy. You don't need super advanced technology to gaze up at the wonder that is Earth's natural satellite.
Now, let's take that a step further. Lets say you want to have a few buddies over who also happen to be into staring at the moon. That might be a bit tougher to organize, what with everyone being busy and not having a forecast plan of the lunar cycle mapped out in sync with their personal schedule. Not to worry, International Observe the Moon Night is here to save the day... er, night.
What is International Observe the Moon Night? Isn't that every night? Well, it is only, on September 22, 2012, we all do it at the same time! Whether you want to meet up with a group of fellow enthusiasts, or you just want the feeling of looking at the moon simultaneously with (most) everyone on earth, InOMN gives everyone an opportunity to engage with others who may not have the luxury of easily accessible "space pals" and that's what makes an event on this scale so unique. Whether it's finding local events in people's back yards, large gatherings at observatories, broadcasting a live stream on the internet, or even just mentioning it in casual conversation, InOMN connects individuals who might not have otherwise sought out a means to explore the wonders of space through a public community event. Let's not forget that this is global and you never know what kind of interesting people you'll meet or the stories you might hear when people all over the world are looking at the same object in space from different perspectives. Pretty exciting stuff. Here is the description of the event from the International Observe the Moon Night website.
"The International Observe the Moon Night Team consists of scientists, educators, and Moon enthusiasts from government, non-profit organizations, and businesses throughout the United States and across the globe. We believe in the inspirational power of the Moon — a celestial body that has influenced human lives since the dawn of time. International Observe the Moon Night has created the opportunity for people to take notice of the Moon’s beauty and share that experience with one another. Through International Observe the Moon Night, we hope to instill in the public a sense of wonderment and curiosity about our Moon. Our partnerships enable us to stay up to date with the latest and greatest scientific discoveries about Earth’s nearest neighbor, and we strive to bring those discoveries to the public."
Keep in mind, events will be going on all over the planet and interaction is one of the key elements in spreading the word and growing the party. Stream your event, take pics, tweet and update your Facebook status to let people know whats going on. There are a lot of closet astronomers who are simply unaware that events like this exist, so it's important that we broadcast our passion and make it known. Share your ideas with us via out Twitter or Facebook and we will happily spread the word for you. You can also follow InOMN on Twiter and Like InOMN on Facebook. Easy as Moonpie.
Keep lookin' up at night.