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International Observe the Moon Night 2020: Celebrate with NASA's Artemis program in webcast tonight.

As International Observe the Moon Night goes virtual this year, NASA is inviting the public to join the celebration online with a live broadcast from the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. 

The center will host a live event on Saturday (Sept. 26) at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) with pre-recorded videos and demonstrations followed by a live question-and-answer session with NASA scientists and engineers. You can catch the action live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV, as well as on the Goddard Visitor Center Facebook page and on YouTube.

While science is often the dominant discussion in talking about the moon, the event is also meant to celebrate the cultural and personal connections that individuals and communities have to our natural satellite, NASA said in a statement

Related: How to observe the moon (infographic)

The one-hour event will include lunar videos, a demonstration on how to build a simulated volcano at home, a discussion on geology and art, and a presentation on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) that is searching for lunar water from its platform on a modified 747 aircraft.

The event is taking place as NASA seeks funding to continue with Artemis moon missions ahead of a planned human moon landing in 2024. The agency hopes to send the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission around the moon in 2021 to test the Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket. 

In the meantime, NASA is gathering information about potential Artemis landing sites with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been studying the moon from orbit since 2009,  searching for water and learning what the moon is made of.

Closer to home, you can follow the moon's changing appearance through its monthly moon phases and also set your calendars for the next lunar eclipse visible from the United States, which will take place on Nov. 29.

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Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell is a contributing writer for Space.com who is one of the few Canadian journalists to report regularly on space exploration. She is the author or co-author of several books on space exploration. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota in Space Studies, and an M.Sc. from the same department. She also holds a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University in Canada, where she began her space-writing career in 2004. Besides writing, Elizabeth teaches communications at the university and community college level, and for government training schools. To see her latest projects, follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @howellspace.