Bruce McClure

Watch after sunrise for a daytime moon

As it orbits Earth once a month, the moon is up during the day half the time, pale against the blue sky. You can see it this weekend, if you look.

This weekend’s full Hunter’s Moon

The legacy of the Harvest and Hunter’s Moons are the grand procession of moonlit nights in the season of waning daylight. In 2019, watch for the full, or nearly full moon, around October 11, 12, 13 and maybe even 14.

South Taurid meteors to peak in October?

The South Taurid meteor shower rarely produces more than 5 meteors per hour, but it’s been known to produce fireballs. The shower is long-running. Watch for these meteors in October and November.

A year with 13 Friday the 13ths?

Should we ever adopt the International Fixed Calendar, we’d have 13 months in a year, with each month containing a Friday the 13th. Friggatriskaidekaphobia – aka fear of Friday the 13th – would be rampant! Or not. Read more about this calendar system here.

All you need to know: Draconids in 2019

October’s Draconid meteor shower – sometimes called the Giacobinids – is expected to peak at nightfall or early evening on October 8, 2019, though under a moon-drenched sky. Try watching the evenings of October 7 and 9, too.

The lit side of the moon points to Saturn.

Saturn at east quadrature October 7

East quadrature is a hallmark in the ever-shifting 3-D relationship between Earth and another planet. It means, as seen from Earth, the planet is 90 degrees east of the sun. Saturn will reach that point on October 7, 2019.

Moon pairs up with Saturn at evening.

See moon and Saturn close October 5

Tonight – October 5, 2019 – the moon will be at or near its first quarter phase, coupling up with Saturn on the sky’s dome. What’s more, the lit side of the moon will be pointing at the blazing planet Jupiter.

The moon, Jupiter and Saturn light up the evening sky.

Moon and Jupiter close October 3 and 4

They are the 2 brightest objects in the night sky now, the moon and Jupiter, closest October 3. By October 4, the moon has moved away, but you’ll still notice Jupiter as the bright object nearby.

October guide to the bright planets

Only 2 of the 5 bright planets are easy to see in October 2019, but 2 others might be possible. Jupiter and Saturn are easy from nightfall to late night. Mercury and Venus appear briefly in the afterglow of sunset. Mars lurks – unseen – in the glare of dawn.

September 30, October 1-3, young moon.

Watch for a young moon after sunset

As September ends and October begins, you’ll find the moon back in the evening sky. Look west shortly after sunset!