This was our moon on June 30th around 9 PM. I say our moon because every living thing on our earth has only this one moon. All over the Earth we all saw the same moon on this night and every night. People great distances apart could have seen the same moon simultaneously with or without knowing it.
I am a huge fan of observational astronomy and the “Sidewalk Astronomers”. Sure it’s partly the long history of peoples gazing to the sky and marking the seasons or navigating the oceans. The history of gazing at the heavens from the Dogon, Ptolemy, and Galileo to us right now is a commonality we all share. Our clocks and our calendars are based on this long history. But the most profound reason is that gazing to the sky reminds us that we are part of one planet floating in space. All of the life on our earth shares the same sky marking the same time together. We are a small part of a big globe in a perhaps infinitely large universe. While this doesn’t make me feel very special it does make feel included and connected to all the life here.
I encourage everyone to have a look at the night sky, attend a star party, point a telescope at something, etc… I don’t think your time will be wasted or that you will be sorry that you did.