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Paper: Celebrating 12 Years of International Observe the Moon Night
Volume: 533, ASP 2021: Sharing Best Practices – AstronomyTeaching and Public Engagement
Page: 81
Authors: Buxner, S.; Jones, A.; Wasser, M.; Tiedeken, S.; Barry, C.; Shaner, A.; Day, B.; White, V.
Abstract: 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 planetary science and exploration. Each fall, people from across the globe are invited to observe and celebrate their personal connection to the Moon. In 2021, nearly 4,000 events and individual lunar observers registered to participate. Each year, the event has grown to reach a large diverse global audience. Over the past 12 years, participants have joined from all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia as well as 148 countries from around the world and on all seven continents. International Observe the Moon Night supports festivals, schools, museums, clubs, libraries, and private events to engage visitors in Moon-related events by providing event resources such as advertising materials, Moon maps, activities, presentations, a livestream on NASA TV, and certificates of participation. Additionally, members of the International Observe the Moon Night team provide an informational webinar to those wishing to host to give them up to date information on lunar exploration and talk about activities to engage visitors. We will describe new and ongoing collaborations as well as resources that continue to broaden the reach of International Observe the Moon Night. International Observe the Moon Night is sponsored by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission and the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, with many contributors.
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