International Observe the Moon Night (IoMN) 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.
The Moon is the object in the night sky that humanity knows best – and the one that’s easiest to study. Whether your tools are a telescope, a pair of binoculars, or just your eyes, you can find plenty of features on the Moon. If you love to see what’s happening in the night sky, then you’ll want to join us for global celebration with fun stargazing and learning about lunar science and exploration.
International Observe the Moon Night occurs annually in September or October, when the Moon is around first quarter – a great phase for evening observing, for this year it falls on September 26, 2020. Upcoming dates for International Observe the Moon Night on October 16, 2021 and October 1, 2022.
تَبَارَكَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ فِي السَّمَاءِ بُرُوجًا وَجَعَلَ فِيهَا سِرَاجًا وَقَمَرًا مُنِيرًا“Maha Suci Allah yang menjadikan di langit gugusan-gugusan bintang dan Dia menjadikan juga padanya matahari dan bulan yang bercahaya” (Al Furqaan Ayat 61)
Celebrate IoMN in Brunei Darussalam
In 2020, the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) will collaborate with Management of Warisan Puk Balaban to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the first International Observe the Moon Night in Brunei Darussalam that will be held:
Malam Memerhati Bulan Sedunia
📅 Saturday, 26th September 2020 / 08 Safar 1442H
🕗 7.00 pm – 7.00 am
📍 Warisan Puk Balaban
No. 38, Spg 592-50, Jalan Kecil Guayan, Kg. Bukit Udal, Tutong. Brunei Darussalam
Limited to 75 participants only. This event is officially registered with NASA
You can bring your telescope / binoculars / camera and enjoy camping with PABD under the stars featuring the Moon and other bright celestial objects. All participants will receive a special commemorative certificate of participation by the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam. Please register using our online form below to join IoMN at Warisan Puk Balaban for special fees and packages (see prices below).
Or you can participate IoMN from wherever you are, at your own or with your family at home by using IoMN resources by NASA (see below). Take some photos of the Moon and let us know that you are participating together with the world by hash-tagging #ObserveTheMoon #bruneiastronomy on your preferred social media platforms.
IoMN 2020 Event Schedule:
Participate safely and responsibly in adherence to MOH’s health guidelines, such as social distancing, handwashing, and face coverings. This event can only accommodate 75 participants on first come first serve basis.
Upon Check-in, please scan and register via BruHealth apps on your mobile phone.
Join now (IoMN at Warisan Puk Balaban)
Book your slot now, and join Astronomers around the world on September 26 as we have fun learning about our nearest neighbor and explore our sky at Warisan Puk Balaban, register below:
For bookings, accommodation and payment info, please call or WhatsApp Warisan Puk Balaban:
+6738885460 (Didi) https://wa.link/wxpjj9
+6738203803 (Mus) https://wa.link/xhtdsp
+6738634667 (Sara) https://wa.link/rq7yxk
Please register with your full name, contact number and valid e-mail address. All participants will receive a special commemorative of the first International Observe the Moon Night in Brunei Darussalam digital certificate of participation by the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam. See you there!
There are so many ways to celebrate and observe the Moon for the International Observe the Moon Night. Here are 5 of our favorite astronomy activities planned for IoMN evening at Warisan Puk Balaban**:
a) Look Up at the Moon (all night)** The simplest way to observe the Moon is simply to look up. The Moon is the brightest object in our night sky, the second brightest in our daytime sky, and can be seen from all around the world. Learn to identify the moon craters using the moon map (download below). Take photos of a closeup view of the lunar surface directly via the telescopes using your mobile phones.
b) Stargazing (all night)** Learn to use the telescope properly, and join the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) to look at the wonders of the night sky featuring the Moon, bright planets from suburban dark site. Few telescopes and binoculars will be setup for participants to enjoy close-up of the cosmos – the red planet Mars at its closest to Earth, the bright gas giant planets such as Saturn and Jupiter, learn the constellations, spot Brunei’s very own star Gumala, gaze into light years away flaming bright nebula and stellar star clusters (See sky map below for objects visible in our sky).
c) Touch the lunar topography Display of collection of Apollo resources features 3D model of the Apollo landing sites using topographic data from LRO and the SELENE mission. On the Apollo 11 model, near the center, you can actually feel a tiny dot where astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the Lunar Descent Module.
Also, touch one of the more prominent craters on the Moon is named Copernicus. Copernicus is a large young crater visible with binoculars slightly northwest of the center of the Moon’s Earth-facing hemisphere. Copernicus is distinguished by its size and by the many bright rays pointing out from it. Although Copernicus is relatively young for a lunar crater, it was formed nearly a billion years ago by a colossal impact. The center of Copernicus is about 93 kilometers across.
d) Make and Admire Moon Art
(i) Fun creating paper moon cut out model for children and also artwork of the Moon, which we will feature on our social media. Please bring your own art stationery (colour pencils, crayons, scissors, glue, etc). Show your creative artwork for a chance to win some prizes by PABD.
(ii) For messy fun, make craters with mini-meteors to demonstrate why the surface of the moon is full of jagged craters. This rough surface comes from millions of years of collisions with rocks—called meteors—that crash into its surface.
e) Astronomy Theater (1 hour +) Take off on an awe-inspiring tour of our solar system – Earth’s moon, Meteorites, Inner planets and more.
**Note: All our activities are subject to weather, and there are no refunds if the astronomical objects aren’t visible due to cloud cover.
Price and Packages:
Update (Sep 22, 2020 at 8 pm): Sorry, our IoMN “camping packages” are fully booked now! We can only accommodate walk-in participants (no camping) for now, and will admit a limited number. Special admission fee to join IoMN activities at $5 per person for walk-in, FREE for children under 12 years old.
Goals of IoMN:
◾ Unite people across the globe in a celebration of lunar observation, science, and exploration.
◾ Provide information, a platform, and resources in order to:
▫ Raise awareness of lunar science and exploration programs by NASA.
▫ Empower people to learn more about the Moon and space science and exploration, using Earth’s Moon as an accessible entry point.
▫ Facilitate sharing of Moon-inspired stories, images, artwork, and more.
▫ Inspire continued observation of the Moon, the sky, and the world around us.
Warisan Puk Balaban
No. 38, Spg 592-50, Jalan Kecil Guayan, Kg. Bukit Udal, Tutong. TD234. Brunei Darussalam.
For booking & details: +6738885460 (Didi);
+6738203803 (Mus); +6738634667 (Sara)
The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam
For detail: +6738820277 (Secretary-General); +6738272963 (Treasurer)
More Information & Resources:
Official NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night: https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon-night/