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Bruce McClure

Deneb Kaitos marks the tail of Cetus

Deneb Kaitos is the brightest star in the constellation Cetus the Whale. It's at its highest in the sky on October and November evenings.

What are star trails, and how can I capture them?

What are star trails? Photographers point cameras skyward and take long-exposure photos. You see streaks caused by Earth's rotation.

Draconid meteor shower 2021 will peak October 8

October's Draconid meteor shower - sometimes called the Giacobinids - is expected to peak at nightfall or early evening on October 8, 2021.

Moon in Gemini before dawn September 29 and 30

On September 29 and 30, 2021, use the waning crescent moon in Gemini to find the stars Castor and Pollux in the predawn sky.

Moon, Aldebaran, Pleiades late night September 25 to 27

Late at night on these next several nights - September 25, 26 and 27, 2021 - watch for the moon, Aldebaran, Pleiades.

Delta Cephei helps measure cosmic distances

Delta Cephei is an inconspicuous variable star in the northern constellation Cepheus the King. This star helps establish the cosmic distance scale.

Gamma Cephei, aka Errai, a future North Star

Gamma Cephei - or Errai - is a binary star system that will someday be Earth’s North Star. Gamma Cephei is home to the first exoplanet ever discovered.

Year’s fastest sunsets happen around equinoxes

The year's fastest sunsets are at the equinoxes, and the slowest are at the solstices. We're talking about the minutes needed for the sun to sink below the horizon.

Are day and night equal at the equinox?

Are day and night equal at an equinox? No. Earth's atmosphere and our sun team up to give us more day than night at an equinox.

Moon, Saturn, Jupiter September 15 to 18

Watch for the moon, Saturn, Jupiter on September 15 to 18, 2021.