On (or around) Halloween, look for Algol – a star named for a demon!
Posts by Bruce McClure
Yes, Halloween is an astronomical holiday.
At Halloween – and a few days before and after – the bright star Arcturus sets at the same time and on the same spot on the horizon as the summer sun.
In late October 2014, you might be able to see the moon and two planets as dusk gives way to darkness. Although no major meteor shower is on tap, you can always watch for sporadic meteors.
Watch as the waxing crescent moon and the planet Mars light up the southwest at nightfall.
2015 has 6 supermoons! The closest is the full moon on September 28, 2015, which will also undergo a total lunar eclipse.
The orange-colored star Mirach in the constellation Andromeda acts as your guide star to three different galaxies: M31 (Andromeda galaxy), M33 (Triangulum galaxy), and NGC 404.
Early November meteor showers drowned in bright moonlight, leaving the sky moon-free for the 2014 Leonid shower in mid-month.
Want to identify Mars before it gets too close to the sun to be seen? This evening is your opportunity. Look southwest after sunset.