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No one expects a Draconid meteor storm this year, but it’s fun to watch and see.
You don’t have to identify a meteor shower’s radiant point to watch the show. But the radiant of the Draconids is fun to find! Here are some ways to do it.
As it orbits Earth once a month, the moon is up during the day half the time, pale against the blue sky. You can see it this weekend, if you look.
Finding the star Alpheratz can help you spot the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest large spiral galaxy to Earth.
Look for Aquarius the Water Bearer this month. How to find it, its famous Water Jar asterism, plus a few stories from the ancient myths.
The Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the September equinox. It’s tonight! Watch for it.
Out before dawn? Look for Sirius, a brilliant beauty of a star. You’ll always know it’s Sirius if you see Orion’s Belt pointing to it.
On October evenings, look for brilliant Arcturus in the west, flashing in colors. Follow the curve in the Big Dipper’s handle to this yellow-orange star.
From 41 degrees N. – and farther north – the Big Dipper is circumpolar, meaning it never sets. But from more southerly latitudes, the Dipper is below your horizon each evening now. Want to see it? Here’s how.
Believe it or not, the moon’s near side is its dark side, thanks to a collection of low-lying lunar plains, solidified remnants of ancient seas of molten magma.
From Arizona, 2 Taurid fireball photos