International Observe the Moon Night is a time to come together with fellow Moon enthusiasts and curious people worldwide. Everyone on Earth is invited to learn about lunar science and exploration, take part in celestial observations, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon.

International Observe the Moon Night occurs annually in September when the Moon is around first quarter ― a great phase for evening observing. Furthermore, a first-quarter Moon offers excellent viewing opportunities along the terminator (the line between night and day), where shadows enhance the Moon’s cratered landscape.

Come out to the Schoolyard Observatory and enjoy a view of the moon while learning interesting facts about our closest celestial partner. Reservations are in blocks to help manage social distancing, and we ask that you sign up for a selected one-hour time block and attend only during that preselected time. Support our Schoolyard Observatory programming with a suggested donation of $5 per individual.

Safety Precautions: During events, six-foot social distancing will be maintained, and wearing a facial mask will be required. The telescope eyepiece and ladder handles will be sanitized before and after each use. Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather, and insect repellent is highly recommended.