Photos: Observe the Moon Night

Saturday night is International Observe the Moon Night, and EarthSky community members from around the world sent photos, reminding us that we all see the same moon.

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Talha Zia of Karachi, Pakistan captured this image of the October 28 moon. Actually, this is 34 images, cropped and stacked. Thank you, Talha!

October 28 moon from Nanarup, Western Australia via Andrea Deegan. Notice the change in orientation from Northern Hemisphere photos on this page. Andrea wrote: “Tonight’s moon for International Moon observing. A group from the local camera club planned an evening of star-gazing and moon-watching, but unfortunately the weather was not co-operating. This was a fleeting image at about 6:30 p.m., just before sundown, between the fast-moving clouds.” Thank you, Andrea.

Our friend Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome wrote: “The International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) 2017 was an amazing success at the Virtual Telescope Project. Our live event made possible to many thousands of people to celebrate the moon, even if they were far from any physical venue.” Read more from the Virtual Telescope Project.

October 28 moon via Jenney Disimon in Sabah, North Borneo. From her location, she wrote, “The moon was 56.2% illuminated at 9:30 p.m.” In other words, the moon is in a waxing gibbous phase now, heading toward full moon on November 3-4. Thanks, Jenney!

October 28 waxing gibbous moon from Mohammad AlOtaibi in Saudi Arabia. The word “gibbous” means “hunch-backed,” and a waxing gibbous moon appears more than half lighted, but less than full. Thanks, Mohammad!

Paul Phiambolis caught the October 28 moon over Reading, Pennsylvania. One sky … one moon.

Bottom line: Photos from International Observe the Moon Night 2017.

Eleanor Imster