"Observe the Moon Night" Coincides with Birkat HaLevana
Commenter HaSepharadi pointed out to me that this Motza'ei Shabbat/Motza'ei Kippur, while we will hopefully be saying Birkat HaLevana on an empty stomach if the skies are clear, the rest of the world will be watching the moon as well as part of "International Observe the Moon Night".
"One of the primary goals of the night is just to get people exposed to what's happening at the moon," Noah Petro, a lunar scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and an associate project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, told SPACE.com. "We want to get people talking about current U.S. and international missions, why the moon is important and what we do and don't know about the moon."Here's a good time to remind people that unlike what the rest of the world may be doing, we do not stare at the moon, but rather, we merely glance at it right before the blessing.