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Use the waning moon to find Aldebaran, brightest star in Taurus, and the Pleiades star cluster. Plus info on the occultation of Aldebaran by the moon.
The sun sinks below the horizon faster around the September and March equinoxes than at any other time.
Go outside around mid-evening – and learn to keep the loneliest star company.
Although we’re past full moon now, the moon is still big and bright. Also, watch each morning in the west for a pale daytime moon floating against a blue sky.
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 September 16 full moon is the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon. But all full moons are special. Here’s why.
The Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the September equinox. That makes tonight’s moon the Harvest Moon for us north of the equator.
The sun will stay in front of the constellation Virgo until it passes in front of the constellation Libra on October 30.
There will be a subtle penumbral lunar eclipse of the 2016 Harvest Moon, visible from half of Earth, unfortunately not North America. Details here.
Start watching for the waxing moon. The upcoming Harvest Moon is an especially big and bright one, but is it a supermoon? That depends on your definition.
Meteor over Hidden Lake, Montana