September 18 is International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN), a night where astronomy enthusiasts around the world—including students and families—will be gazing at the moon. A global celebration organized by Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) and NASA, InOMN encourages discussion of the moon and awareness of recent lunar missions, including NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), developed by Northrop Gruman.
The following Science Buddies science project ideas are perfect for home or classroom moon-minded discussions and exploration:
- Measuring the Moon (Difficulty: 3)
- I See a Full Moon Rising...and Shrinking...or Do I? (Difficulty: 7-8)
(Medtronic is the sponsor of Science Buddies projects in the area of Health and Human Biology)