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Astronomy Essentials

Orionid radiant point
Tonight | Oct 20, 2015

Everything you need to know: Orionid meteor shower

Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2015, the peak morning is October 21 or 22.

Photo by John Foster, Oregon Parks and Rec
Science Wire | Oct 13, 2015

Astronomy events, star parties, festivals, workshops

Plenty more great astronomy events coming up this fall and winter! Let an amateur astronomer point out stars and constellations to you.

April 17, 2015 old moon via Irenilda M Neves
Science Wire | Oct 12, 2015

October 13 to November 11: Longest lunar month of 2015

Longest lunar month of 2015 starts with the October 13 new moon and ends with the November 11 new moon. Learn about the varying lengths of lunar months, here.

Giacobini-Zinner, parent comet of Draconids, via NASA
Tonight | Oct 09, 2015

Everything you need to know: Draconid meteor shower

The maximum number of Draconid meteors are expected to fall on the evening of October 8 and 9.

Comet Encke, parent of the Taurid meteor shower. Image credit: Messenger
Science Wire | Oct 06, 2015

Watch for South Taurid meteors in October

The long-lasting South Taurid meteor shower (September 10 to November 20) may produce a “swarm” of fireballs this month or early next month. Watch for them.

Moon Sept. 18, 2013 by Amy Simpson-Wynne
Tonight | Sep 28, 2015

Everything you need to know: Super Harvest Moon of 2015

It’s the year’s closest supermoon. It’ll undergo a total eclipse. And, for the Northern Hemisphere, the full moon of September 27-28, 2015 is the Harvest Moon.

Closest and farthest moons
Science Wire | Sep 27, 2015

Intriguing cycle of close and far moons

This is why the moon is so ‘super’ tonight. This post explains lunar perigee and includes dates of all closest and farthest moons for each month of 2015.

Moon eclipse - October 2014 - by John W. Johnson.
Science Wire | Sep 27, 2015

How to watch a total eclipse of the moon

Are you planning on watching the September 27-28 eclipse outside? Here are some tips.

Sep 25, 2015

Does a supermoon have a super effect on us?

Closest supermoon of 2015 coming up. Its pull of gravity will create higher-than-usual tides. But gravity doesn’t affect a human body as much as an ocean tide.

Image Credit: Esparta
Tonight | Sep 23, 2015

Everything you need to know: September equinox

September equinox is Wednesday, September 23 at 8:21 UTC. Autumn (or spring) is here!