Perseid Peaking Tonight

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The Perseid meteor shower is scheduled to peak tonight, but a large Moon will ruin the show. The best time is tonight (August 12) after 11pm, looking north-east.

While the sky directly overhead may look darker, it’s better to look 45degrees over the horizon to see a thicker “slice” of the atmosphere.

Missed the 2016 October Hunter Moon? No Worries

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Missed the photo opportunity with the October Hunter Moon?  No worries, while some are claiming it to be a Supermoon, they are mistaken.  November’s full moon will be just 3hrs after perigee (closest to Earth), while the difference was 20hrs for October.  So the November full moon will be larger than the Hunter Moon that just gone by.

So mark November 14th at 13:52 UTC on your calendar!  For North-America, morning of November 14th prior to sunrise will be your best bet.  In Asia it will be in the evening.  Unfortunately for Europe it’ll take place in the afternoon.

 

Christmas Full Moon of 2015

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If you get up early on Christmas morning, don’t open your presents, or shake that box right away.  Head towards the window and glance west at the sky.  There over the horizon you’ll see the last full Moon of 2015.

The last time that full Moon happened on December 25th was 1977.  Disco was all the rage and “Saturday Night Fever” starring John Travolta, premiered in NYC.  So yeah, a long time ago…

I’m guessing with the full Moon to light the way, Rudolf might get a bit of a rest this year. 🙂

SuperMoon Lunar Eclipse This Sunday

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I quick reminder of the SuperMoon lunar eclipse this Sunday.  The next time that a lunar eclipse coincides with the Moon’s closest approach will be 2033.  So recharge your camera and get your tripod out of the closet to record the event.

CBC News has provided the viewing times for different parts of Canada.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/look-up-sunday-night-supermoon-plus-total-lunar-eclipse-equals-rare-sky-show-1.3241767

 

Today at Sunset – Partial Solar Eclipse

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Weather permitting, North America will have a partial solar eclipse today October 23rd.  The eclipse will take place at sunset

Information available at the NASA Eclipse web site.

People located west and north will be at a better location to see a greater portion of the eclipse.  In the east, the eclipse will start around 5:40pm EDT, but will end after sunset.

Various methods of viewing the eclipse safely is listed in a CBC News article

Total Lunar Eclipse – Only a few hours

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Only a few hours left before the start of the Total Lunar Eclipse of October 2014.  Unfortunately the weather won’t be cooperating as the forecast calls for cloud and rain in my parts of the woods.  But no worries, the SLOOH telescope will be broadcasting the event live!  Event starts October 8th 5:00AM EDT .

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Stargazers worldwide are invited to watch the spectacular Total Lunar Eclipse, sometimes known as the “Blood Moon,” unfold live on Slooh. The free, real-time broadcast will begin on October 8th starting at 2:00 AM PDT / 5:00 AM EDT / 0900 UTC with live feeds from multiple locations located in Australia and North America. This eclipse will be difficult to view for most of the planet as it mainly takes place over the Pacific Ocean. As such, the eclipse will only be visible in its entirety from parts of eastern Australia, New Zealand, eastern Asia, most of Japan, Hawaiian Islands, and the western part of North America. But fear not – Slooh will have strategic sites in these locations allowing the world to view the eclipse live on Slooh.com

 

Another webcast is available over at the Coca Cola Space Science Center.