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Deborah Byrd

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.

In 2017, China’s Mid-Autumn Festival on October 4

The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival features the beautiful idea that we all see the same moon.

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.

Large storm on sun sparked global aurora on Mars

Scientists said the solar event “lit up Mars like a light bulb.” It was the biggest event of its kind so far observed by spacecraft in Mars orbit and on the surface.

2017 was a lousy year for Mars, but wait

Mars was faint and in our evening sky. Now it’s faint and in our morning sky, near bright Venus. But wait! 2018 will be a spectacular year for Mars.

Moon and planet-rise, seen from space

This timelapse video shows a peaceful and breathless moonrise from the International Space Station, with Venus, Mars and Mercury also in view.

Farthest active inbound comet yet

Most comets become active only when near the sun. This one is active, but distant, between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, where sunlight is 1/225th as bright as seen from Earth.


Marc Toso tried 3 times to capture this ancient petroglyph known as a waterglyph, estimated to be between 2,000 and 1,000 years old. The 3rd time was the charm.

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.

Scientists reveal secrets of lost continent Zealandia

Scientists have just returned from a major expedition to Zealandia, a “hidden” Earth continent, likely submerged beneath the sea surface more than 80 million years ago.