Local Observe the Moon Events
International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public engagement program that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an event.
Attend an Event: Campus Moon Observation
When: Saturday, September 26th 6-9pm
Where: Fraternity Mall, University of Wyoming
What: Telescopes, activity sheets, and information will be available at the fraternity mall on the UW campus starting at 6PM.
Campus rules apply so bring a mask and be sure to socially distance 6 ft from other households if you visit.
Host Your Own Event at Home! (Grab-n-Go Kit)
Kits include a phases of the moon Oreo activity (and Oreos!) as well as information about how to observe the moon from your backyard on September 26th. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pickup time and location. You can also download a digital copy of the activity (without the Oreos!) below!
Additional Moon Resources!
NASA Moon Resources
Moon.nasa.gov is NASA’s deep dive resource for lunar exploration from astronauts to robots! Our favorite is the interactive moon map!
Moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon-night/ is the official NASA page for International Observe the Moon night! Check out all the participating sites across the world. Can you find an event in Wyoming?
Artemis Program (www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis/) We are going back to the moon! By 2024, NASA will land the first woman and next man then use what we learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars! Learn more about the Artemis Program
NASA Science Solar System Exploration (https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/earths-moon/lunar-phases-and-eclipses/)Learn about lunar phases and eclipses as well as find out the current moon phase!
Some of our favorite Moon activities!
JPL: Whip Up a Moon-Like Crater: Use baking ingredients to whip up a moon-like crate! (Watch out! This one can get messy!)
There are as many stories about the patterns on the face of the Moon, as there are cultures who have observed them.
Lunar and Planetary Institute: Moon Splat! Model ancient lunar impacts using water balloons. By measuring the diameter of the crater area, children discover that the Moon’s largest impact basins were created by huge asteroids
JPL: Touchdown In this challenge, students will use what they know and can investigate about gravity, motion, and forces to design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two “astronauts” when they land