For casual stargazing, the most rewarding part of the sky this month lies to the east and southeast in the early hours before the Sun rises. There’s so much to see here, especially from December 5-8, you need to start early before the sky brightens. The simulation below, from Stellarium, shows you what to look for [Read more…] about Moon, Planets, and Comet Catalina This WeekShare This:
Happenings in the night sky and information about astronomical events.
The last-quarter Moon will pass through the Hyades star cluster this weekend, on September 4-5, and for observers in eastern North America and western Europe, the Moon will pass in front of the adjacent bright star Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. During this occultation, the star will disappear behind the lit edge of the Moon, then reappear nearly an hour later, rather dramatically, from behind the dark edge, apparently reemerging out of nowhere. If you’re not in the right place this month, the video above shows Aldebaran as it emerged from behind a waning crescent Moon during an occultation last month [Read more…] about Waning Moon Occults the Star Aldebaran Share This:
The full “Corn Moon” arrives today at 18:35 UTC. This Moon is also a “Super Moon”, appearing 7% larger than an average full Moon. Look for it rising over the eastern horizon after sunset. It makes for a great photo-op, or for a little end-of-summer contemplation as the air turns cooler and the nights grow longer.
The August Full Moon is also called the “Grain Moon”.
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The Perseid meteor shower, the most reliably active meteor shower of the year, peaks on the night of August 11-12, 2015. The Perseids are a favorite of many stargazers. They happen in the northern summer, which makes for comfortable viewing. They display more bright meteors than most showers, usually about 50-60 per hour. And this year, the nearly-new Moon will not get in this way of the Perseids, so 2015 will be an excellent year to see this meteor shower [Read more…] about A Good Year for the Perseid Meteor ShowerShare This: