The 1st quarter moon happens on October 23, 2020, at 13:22 UTC. Here’s what to look for, and how to recognize this moon phase.
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. | Composite image of a moon nearly at 1st quarter with some of the features you can see on the moon at this phase - captured April 30, 2020 - by our friend Dr Ski in the Philippines. He wrote: " ... 10 hours before 1st quarter and the Lunar V and Lunar X are well defined ... " More about Lunar V and X below. Thank you Dr Ski!
September 2020 was our planet’s hottest September since 1880. With 3 months left, 2020 could rank among the top 3 warmest years on record for the globe.
View larger. | https://earthsky.org/upl/2020/10/74113.png A map of the world plotted with some of the most significant weather and climate events that occurred during September 2020. For more details, see the bullets below in this story and more from the NCEI report at http://bit.ly/Global092020.
How to watch a meteor shower. Tips for beginners.
Randy Baumhover captured this image at Meyers Creek Beach on the Oregon coast.
Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2020, the peak morning is probably October 21. But try watching October 20 and 22, also, before dawn.
Orionid meteors over Montana in 2018j, via John Ashley
Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project captured an image of the asteroid last night.
The discovery of the most metal-poor globular cluster recorded to date has forced scientists to rethink how both galaxies and globular clusters form.
An international team of scientists made an unusual discovery when they used extra observing time at the W.M. Keck Observatory to take a quick look at EXT8, a massive globular cluster located in M31, the Andromeda Galaxy. Observations revealed EXT8 to be the most metal-poor globular cluster observed to date. Image via ESASky & CFHT
A new study shows how methane snow accumulates on Pluto’s mountain peaks. These snowcaps – first seen by New Horizons in 2015 – look a lot like ones on Earth, but form in a very alien environment.
Billions of years from now, Earth’s night sky will change as the Andromeda galaxy rushes toward a merger with the Milky Way.
This illustration depicts what the Andromeda galaxy's gaseous halo might look like if it were visible to humans on Earth. At 3 times the size of the Big Dipper, the halo would be "easily the biggest feature on the nighttime sky," according to NASA
. Image via NASA, ESA, J. DePasquale and E. Wheatley (STScI), and Z. Levay (background image).
Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket successfully launched an uncrewed test flight on October 13, with both its capsule and booster later executing a flawless landing.