Monday, October 11, 2021

Keep Your Eyes on the Moon! Everything You Need to Know About International Observe the Moon Night

Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night is Saturday, October 16! Each year, people all over the world are invited to gather together and observe the Moon during its first-quarter phase—when its shadows and details are believed to be most pronounced for nighttime viewing.

To prepare for the out-of-this-world event, learn about the Moon and try some fun Moon-centered activities. Check out Girl Scouts at Home for a couple of free activities from our Space Science badges: Make a Moon Sky Book and Make a Moon Art Project.

To look at the Moon, you can simply step outside or look out your window. Telescopes aren’t necessary, just your eyes! Though please stay safe and keep social distancing guidelines in mind if you’re heading outside.

Engage with others by planning a live video chat or virtual gathering with Girl Scout sisters and extended family—you could do a show-and-tell of the GS Moon activities, sharing what you’ve observed. Tag @girlscouts in your Moon photos on social media; we’ll feature some of your photos!

Check out a few photos submitted last year by girls from different Girl Scout astronomy clubs across the country:
Submitted by Girl Scout Jamie. Taken at the William Miller Sperry Observatory in Cranford, NJ.

Submitted by Girl Scout Ambassador Katelyn from GEMINI Astronomy Club

Submitted by Girl Scout Kadance

Want to keep exploring space and better understand the world around you? Visit Girl Scouts at Home for more Space Science badge activities and recordings from our widely attended virtual events, where you’ll meet former and current astronauts.