Will you see the next eclipse – a total eclipse of the moon the night of October 7-8, 2014? If you miss it, here’s what’s ahead.
Posts by Bruce McClure
Three eclipses in one calendar month are rare. Three eclipses in one lunar month are more common. From 2000-2050, it happens 14 times.
Each calendar year has at least four eclipses – two solar and two lunar. Most years have four, but five, six or even seven eclipses are also possible.
Tonight’s moon and the New Horizons spacecraft – headed toward Pluto – occupy nearly the same spot on the sky’s dome.
A total eclipse of the moon on October 8. Comet Siding Spring just misses Mars on October 19. A partial solar eclipse on October 23. Plus Mars, Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter!
Gamma Cephei (aka Errai) is a binary star system with at least one planet. It’ll someday be a North Star for Earth.
The waxing moon is far to the south on the sky’s dome on September 30, but not as far south as it can be. It’s near Mars and the star Antares on this night.
At nightfall on September 28, the waxing crescent moon shines in between the planets Mars and Saturn. Mars lies to the east of the moon whereas Saturn shines to the west.
Waxing crescent moon shines close to the planet Saturn Saturday night, especially seen from Americas and islands of the Pacific. In Hawaii and southwestern Alaska, the moon will cover Saturn at dusk or early evening on September 27.
Many prefer the constellation Cassiopedia – which is easy to find, shaped like an M or W – as a jumping off point for locating the Andromeda galaxy.