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Halloween, derived from Samhain, a festival of the ancient Celts and Druids, is a cross-quarter day – midway between the autumn equinox and winter solstice.
The North and South Taurid meteor showers are going on simultaneously now. They’re considered minor, but produce many fireballs, or bright meteors.
Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2016, the peak mornings is October 21, but, by then, the moon will be in the way.
Look here for information about all the major meteor showers between now and the year’s end.
The Northern Hemisphere’s full Hunter’s Moon for 2016 falls the nights of October 15 and 16. Will it be bigger, brighter, more colorful?
In late October, Venus is the bright object in the west each evening. Jupiter is the bright object in the east before dawn!
A little-known fact about the intriguing cycle of far and close moons, plus dates for 2016’s 14 lunar apogees (far moons) and 13 lunar perigees (near moons).
The moon’s appearance in our sky follows a cycle. The cycle of minor lunar standstills diminishes some Hunter’s Moon characteristics in 2016.
The Draconids are best seen in the evening hours. In 2016, a wide waxing crescent moon will somewhat interfere, but still … give it a try!
2016’s September equinox arrives on the 22nd. Happy autumn (or spring)!
Looking for something to do on the weekends? At star parties, amateur astronomers with telescopes will show you the night sky. Find one near you …
On the day of the equinox, the center of the sun would set about 12 hours after rising – given a level horizon, as at sea, and no atmospheric refraction.
This year’s Harvest Moon on September 16 happens to be an especially close and large full moon. Some will call it a supermoon. Notice that it’s very bright!
The sun will stay in front of the constellation Virgo until it passes in front of the constellation Libra on October 30.
Here’s one you might not know … the intriguing relationship between supermoons and the famous 18-year Saros cycle of eclipses.
A phenomenon known as a “minor lunar standstill” will cause a shift in characteristic moonrise times on the nights around this year’s Harvest Moon.
The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. No matter where you are on Earth, springtime or autumn is the best time to see it.
Take a dip in the Lagoon and Trifid nebulae on these September evenings, especially if you’re in a place where you can see the starlit band of the Milky Way.
If you were looking with the eye alone, how far away in space would our planet Earth still be visible?
August 27, 2016 was the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. Sky’s 2 brightest planets. Closest conjunction of any 2 planets in 2016.
Catching the elusive gegenschein