Every year, usually in October, is International Observe the Moon Night. This is a time when organizations encourage people to go out and observe the moon. No equipment required. This year it is Oct. 16.

NASA, in conjunction with the Astronomical League, are working together to bring you some recognition for participating in the event. There is a certificate that recognizes those who participate and also a challenge which has a different certificate. Detailed information can be found on the Astronomical League website: astroleague.org/programs/nasa-observing-challenges-special-awards-introduction. The link to the NASA website is moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon-night. The downloadable certificate for participation can be found at astroleague.org/content/downloadable-certificates#GC.

Requirements for the challenge are: Do an outreach activity – moon related, observe then sketch or photograph the moon and identify 10 specific features. We hope you will accept the challenge. I am the coordinator for the challenge. The observatory is stilled closed due to COVID-19 but you can visit humbleisd.net/observatory.

Aaron Clevenson
Author: Aaron ClevensonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.

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