International Observe the Moon Night 2021: Don't miss these live moon webcasts tonight.

The moon will star in a pair of live webcasts tonight as NASA and lunar enthusiasts around the world celebrate International Observe the Moon 2021 and you can watch it all for free.

NASA is hosting an hour-long event starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT) on NASA Television and several social media channels in partnership with You can watch them on this page at start time for dazzling views of the moon. You can check out our guide on how to photograph the moon with a camera if you're hoping to observe it yourself.

"Our live hosts will guide you on a scientific and cultural expedition to the moon," NASA said in a statement. "See greetings from people around the world, hear an ancient Incan story about the moon [and] enjoy a close-up view of the lunar surface as seen through Slooh's telescopes in Chile and the Canary Islands." Slooh is an online remote telescope service that allows users to control its robotic telescopes around the world. 

The moon is currently in its waxing gibbous phase ahead of the full moon, which will occur on Oct. 20.

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NASA moon livestream

NASA's International Observe the Moon 2021 broadcast with Slooh will include flyovers of lunar features, a preview of NASA's Artemis program that hopes to put astronauts on the moon later in the 2020s. 

It will also feature a discussion of the VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) lunar mission expected to touch down in 2023 to search for signs of water.

Virtual Telescope Project livestream

The Virtual Telescope Project will also host a broadcast showcasing the moon above the skyline of Rome. The broadcast will start at 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT) at the project's WebTV page, or in the YouTube stream above.

"We will enjoy the moon hanging above the celebrated monuments of the 'Eternal City,'" the Virtual Telescope Project said in a statement. The webcast will include live commentary by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, founder of the Virtual Telescope Project.

There are other ways to celebrate the moon this weekend, which we rounded up in this International Observe the Moon Night 2021 guide. NASA has several free activities and crafts, as well as guides and maps to help you learn about the moon, its surface and its science. has an astrophotography for beginners guide if you want to capture some pictures of our lunar neighbor. You can also track the phases of the moon every month to watch how moon phases change over time.

Coincidentally, this year's Observe the Moon Night will fall on the same day as NASA's launch of the Lucy mission to Jupiter, which will study smaller space rocks called asteroids, including asteroids trapped in the planet's orbit, called Trojans. 

International Observe the Moon Night is co-sponsored by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission and the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. It also has support from several other NASA partners.

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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: