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Greg Diesel-Walck captured the waning moon on August 29, too. He wrote: "This morning's moon at sunrise in Moyock NC. Very difficult to capture the fading moon in the brilliance of color but this is not a filtered image right off the camera."

Where’s the moon? Waning crescent

A waning crescent moon is sometimes called an old moon. It’s seen in the east before dawn.


Watch for Venus after sunset

Venus has been in our evening sky since July, but very near the sunset glare. Now this brightest of planets is beginning to climb out of the sunset.


See moon and Regulus before dawn

Regulus is considered the Heart of the Lion in the constellation Leo. Learn to recognize and its constellation in the next few mornings.

The moon was almost exactly at last quarter when Jenney Disimon in Sabah, North Borneo captured this photo on July 27, 2016 (5:30 a.m. local time, or July 26 at 21:30 UTC).

Last quarter moon is October 22

Fun time to see a last quarter moon: just after it rises, shortly after midnight. Then the lighted portion points downward, to the sun below your feet.


Bright star Deneb transits at nightfall

When the sun or a star transits, it’s at its highest in the sky. Deneb’s transit at nightfall marks a shift toward winter – or summer – depending on where you are.


What is an astronomical unit?

Astronomers use astronomical units – or AU – to describe solar system distances. Definition of AU here. Also, mean distances in AU to prominent solar system objects.

Joe Randall created this composite shot of the Orionid meteor shower from images taken on October 21, 2014.  Thanks, Joe!

Look for Orionid meteors this month

Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2016, the peak mornings is October 21, but, by then, the moon will be in the way.

Image via  datuopinion.

Star of the week: Deneb Kaitos

Look for Deneb Kaitos – brightest star in Cetus the Whale – highest in the sky around mid-evening.


Moon and Gemini stars next few nights

On October 21, 22 and 23, you’ll find the moon traveling in front of the constellation Gemini the Twins, to the south of its bright stars Castor and Pollux.

The Orionids radiate from a point near the upraised Club of the constellation Orion the Hunter.  The bright star near the radiant point is Betelgeuse.

Orionid meteor peak October 20-21!

Orionid meteors probably most prolific in the few hours before dawn Friday. The moon will prove troublesome this year.

Many people use the M- or W-shaped constellation Cassiopeia to find the Andromeda Galaxy.  See how the star Schedar points to the galaxy?  Click here to expand image.

Tonight, find the Andromeda galaxy

The Andromeda galaxy is the closest big galaxy to our Milky Way. Here are a couple of different ways to find it. Just be sure your sky is dark!

Image via NASA.

Small Magellanic Cloud orbits our galaxy

Small Magellanic Cloud resembles a luminous cloud, but it’s really a dwarf galaxy, orbiting our Milky Way. Here’s how to see it, from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere.

Taken during the 2015 Perseid meteor shower in August - at Mount Rainier National Park - by Matt Dieterich.  He calls the photo 'Skyfall.'

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2016

Look here for information about all the major meteor showers between now and the year’s end.

Jan Haines Ricco in Delton, Michigan caught this waning gibbous moon on the night of October 17, 2016.

Where’s the moon? Waning gibbous

The Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon – and the 1st of 3 supermoons in 2016 – has come and gone. The moon is now waning and rising later at night.


Moon occults Aldebaran October 18-19

From much of the US, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and southeast Canada, Aldebaran will disappear behind the moon’s lit side and reappear on its dark side.

Photo Credit: Dan Bush

See a daytime moon after sunrise

The moon is up during the day half the time, as it orbits Earth once a month. The next few mornings are a good time to notice a daytime moon.


What’s special about a full moon?

The October 15 full moon is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon and a supermoon. But all full moons are special. Here’s why.

Hunter's Moon collage by our friend Kausor Khan in India

Keep watching Hunter’s Moon October 16

If you live at northerly latitudes, the waning moon tonight will rise sooner than you might expect. If you live in the S. Hemisphere, it’ll rise later!

Hunter's Moon rising in 2014. Photo by Abhinav Singhai.

2016 has a super Hunter’s Moon

The Northern Hemisphere’s full Hunter’s Moon for 2016 falls the nights of October 15 and 16. Will it be bigger, brighter, more colorful?

Skywatcher, by Predrag Agatonovic.

October guide to the bright planets

In late October, Venus is the bright object in the west each evening. Jupiter is the bright object in the east before dawn!