Explore Earth: LRO & International Observe the Moon Night 2022
Tuesday 09/13/2022
7:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12
Materials that will be shared, primarily target Middle School students
The NASA STEM Engagement and Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.
Since it arrived at the Moon in 2009, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has helped revolutionize our understanding of our nearest neighbor in space. It is helping us to build on the legacy of Apollo, providing context to the places people walked on the Moon 50 years ago. And, it’s helping us prepare to make the next footprints on the lunar surface with Artemis.
Come learn some of the science discoveries enabled by this long-lived lunar mission, and about an annual global program it helped inspire: International Observe the Moon Night.
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. This year, International Observe the Moon Night will take place on Saturday, October 1. 

People participate by attending or hosting International Observe the Moon Night events, or as a lunar observers. People also connect on International Observe the Moon Night with fellow lunar enthusiasts around the world through social media. All events are unique – we provide lots of resources on our website, but this is an event that people take and make their own, tailored to their interests and needs and resources available – and the needs and interests of their audience.

People can gather in-person to observe the Moon, where it is safe to do so. There are also many opportunities for individual, small group, and virtual participation. 

Join us to learn more!



Staci Tiedeken is the International Partnership Coordinator for International Observe the Moon Night. She is the Outreach Coordinator for the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and loves to incite wonder in others through public engagement activities. Being an information link between the world of professional astronomy/planetary science and the general public is something she is incredibly passionate about. Staci has a B.S. in astrophysics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and an M.S. in astronomy from the University of Iowa.

Andrea Jones is a planetary geologist and the Public Engagement Lead of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She shares NASA planetary science research and discoveries with national and international audiences and connects division scientists to, and supports them in, public engagement opportunities. Andrea is the Public Engagement Lead for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission and Director of International Observe the Moon Night, an annual worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration as well as our cultural and personal connections to the Moon. She has led lunar science-themed professional development workshops for science teachers across the United States.

Barbie Buckner is a 20+ year STEM classroom teacher with a Doctorate’s Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Louisville. Her research interest included the impact of technology on student achievement and teacher behavior. Buckner recently served as a 2013-14 Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate where she collaborated with colleagues on learning, learning environments, boarding participating and workforce development. Barbie sees education as her calling and has spent her life sharing her love for learning with everyone around her. Knowing that today’s student will compete in a global economy, Barbie says that “It is imperative that today’s students are prepared with consistent rigorous and relevant standards that produce more STEM majors, particularly women, to keep this great nation at the forefront in technology, innovation, and advancement.”