USRA's Lunar and Planetary Institute partnered with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (project lead), NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Marshal Space Flight Center, and the NASA Lunar Science Institute to design, implement, and host the first annual (2010) International Observe the Moon Night, designed to engage the general public in lunar science and exploration.
The International Observe the Moon Night Team consists of scientists, educators, and Moon enthusiasts from government, non-profit organizations, and businesses throughout the United States and across the globe. The team believes in the inspirational power of the Moon - a celestial body that has influenced human lives since the dawn of time. International Observe the Moon Night has created the opportunity to for people to take notice of the Moon's beauty and share that experience with one another. Through International Observe the Moon Night, the group hopes to instill in the public a sense of wonderment and curiosity about our Moon. Partnerships enable the project to stay up to date with the latest and greatest scientific discoveries about Earth's nearest neighbor, and so in turn the team can to bring those discoveries to the public.
Over 500 sites in 50 countries participated in the inaugural event. USRA's Lunar and Planetary Institute maintains the interactive project website and hosts yearly events.