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Jan Haines Ricco in Delton, Michigan caught this waning gibbous moon on the night of October 17, 2016.

Where’s the moon? Waning gibbous

The Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon – and the 1st of 3 supermoons in 2016 – has come and gone. The moon is now waning and rising later at night.


Moon occults Aldebaran October 18-19

From much of the US, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and southeast Canada, Aldebaran will disappear behind the moon’s lit side and reappear on its dark side.

Photo Credit: Dan Bush

See a daytime moon after sunrise

The moon is up during the day half the time, as it orbits Earth once a month. The next few mornings are a good time to notice a daytime moon.


What’s special about a full moon?

The October 15 full moon is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon and a supermoon. But all full moons are special. Here’s why.

Hunter's Moon collage by our friend Kausor Khan in India

Keep watching Hunter’s Moon October 16

If you live at northerly latitudes, the waning moon tonight will rise sooner than you might expect. If you live in the S. Hemisphere, it’ll rise later!

Hunter's Moon rising in 2014. Photo by Abhinav Singhai.

2016 has a super Hunter’s Moon

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?

Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.

October guide to the bright planets

In late October, Venus is the bright object in the west each evening. Jupiter is the bright object in the east before dawn!

Contrasting a full supermoon (full moon at perigee) with a micro-moon (full moon at apogee). Image credit: Stefano Sciarpetti

Happy super Hunter Moon!

The full moon on October 15-16 is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon. It also ushers in the 1st of 3 full-moon supermoons in 2016.


Waxing toward full Hunter’s Moon

You’ll see a nearly full moon tonight. The full Hunter’s Moon – a supermoon – will come on the night of October 15.

Upside-down Cassiopeia on Mercator globe.

Schedar lies at the Queen’s heart

Cassiopeia the Queen is an easy-to-find constellation from northerly latitudes. It has the shape of an M or W. Schedar is the Queen’s brightest star.