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This weekend, watch for the Draconids!

No one expects a Draconid meteor storm this year, but it’s fun to watch and see.

Find the Draconid radiant point

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.

Watch after sunrise for a daytime moon

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.

Alpheratz is part of the Great Square

Finding the star Alpheratz can help you spot the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest large spiral galaxy to Earth.

Aquarius? Here’s your constellation

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.

On October 5, the Harvest Moon

The Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the September equinox. It’s tonight! Watch for it.

Watch for Sirius, sky’s brightest star

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.

Orange Arcturus sparkles after sunset

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.

Can you find the Big Dipper?

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.

Moon’s near side is its dark side

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.